#TBT: Snowmageddon 2010

DHREA 08/02/2018

 

Winter storms aren’t uncommon in the Northeast and here in Pittsburgh. One prime example is the massive storm of 2010, known as Snowmageddon.

Now in its eighth anniversary, folks are still reminiscing about the February 2010 storm that wreaked havoc in cities from the West Coast to the East Coast, but most notably the Mid-Atlantic. The storm caused more than 40 fatalities, including deaths in Mexico as well as the United States.

Pittsburgh was the first major city to experience part of the nor’easter’s heaviest snow, raking in 11.4 inches on Feb. 5 and an additional 9.7 inches on the 6th (that’s 21.1 inches in two days)!

Three days later, almost 8 more inches of snow fell over a two-day span.

Snowmageddon is currently ranked as the fourth largest snowstorm on record, just behind the March blizzard of 1993 in which 25.3 inches of snow fell.

The 2010 storm dropped heavy and wet snow on cities across the state, which caused more damage to trees and power lines compared to the infamous blizzard of 1993. Power was out for thousands of people in southwestern Pennsylvania for a week or more.

In the end, the city of Pittsburgh spent several weeks clearing out. The cost of the clean-up from Snowmageddon, as well as the storm immediately following, added up to more than $5 million.

 

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