Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, 12:51 p.m.Parklands-Turner Library
The one blizzard that I can vividly recall as a kid is the Blizzard of 1996. On January 7-8, the city nearly came to a halt. It was so much snow, around 17 inches and other parts of the region saw between an estimated of 24-25 inches of snow. It was a nightmare for the adults who had to shovel and dig their cars out of the mountains of snow. I remember the thrill of playing outside until I was cold, wet, and no longer could feel my hands and toes. I remember people casually walking the streets of my neighborhood in ski gear. It was crazy. However, it wouldn’t be the last time in my lifetime to see another blizzard. Nearly 14 years later February 5-6, 2010, the DC area froze again and came to a standstill with Snowmaggedon.
This month’s StoryWalk® features a story about a historic winter storm that struck New England on Monday, February 6. 1978. It snowed for two days, and by the time it stopped, parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were buried under more than forty inches of snow.
Author John Rocco recounts his childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought fifty-three inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island in Blizzard. Stop to check out the full-length story in our windows. Once you’re done come inside and check out books with fun facts on blizzards and take home a snowy craft. You can always borrow a copy of the book to take home to read, too. Keep on reading and sign up for the Winter Reading Challenge.