FLASHBACK: March Blizzard of 1993 was 'Storm of the Century'

ByCristina Romano WABC logo
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Blizzard of 1993 in Midtown
Scenes from around Midtown.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- In March of 1993 a deadly blizzard wreaked havoc on the Tri-State Area. Also known as the 'Storm of the Century,' the storm dumped nearly 20 inches of snow across the Northeast, and over 40 inches in Upstate New York. More than 300 people were killed, and schools were shut down for days in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

FLASHBACK: NJ Burkett reports from Long Island in 1993

NJ Burkett reports.

Ironically, the storm happened over March 13th - March 15th, the same days as a major winter storm is set to hit the Tri-State Area.

Ling Kim makes his way across Washington Street as a truck slowly approaches during the winter storm in New York, March 13, 1993.

According to AccuWeather, some of the highest snowfall amounts were:

Syracuse, New York: 42.9 inches

Beckley, West Virginia: 30.9 inches

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 25.3 inches

So why was the storm so powerful? AccuWeather explains that it was because it became very intense rapidly, and a record low pressure similar to a Category 3 hurricane was recorded. For more on the power of the storm, CLICK HERE.