Anniversary of the Great 1918 BlizzardJanuary 14th, 2014 at 12:10 am by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
The winter of 1917-18 was rough. Very snowy & very cold, January 1-12 snow amounts to 29″ over parts of the viewing area (with no melting).
Then came the great 1918 blizzard with an extreme Arctic front, rapidly-deepening storm from the Northeast Gulf Coast & up into the Ohio Valley with a tremendous moisture feed & lift.
Up to 20″ fell on the viewing area with wind gusts to 60 mph & temperatures falling to -20. By modern-day standards, wind chills were at least -50 at times.
The area was buried in snow with near record to record snow pack. It ranked up with the famous blizzards of 1978 & 1864.
On a side note, the winter of 1918-19 winter was incredibly mild with one of the least-snowy & warmest winters on record.
Here is the surface weather map from the Blizzard of 1918. This image is courtesy of NOAA.
You can see the intense low & its “Inside Runner” track, which was similar to the 1978 blizzard ( & likely 1864).