Temperatures dipped severely this week in many parts of the United States. Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest in advance of a storm that’s expected to bring several inches of snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast braced for their own blast of wintry weather. Much of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will stay cold for the next couple of days as the arctic air remains stuck over the northern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.
Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers and reporters took hundreds of pictures while covering last weekend’s record winter storm. Here are 25 of our favorite staff images of the snowfall and aftermath, taken throughout the Baltimore region.
Photos of snow removal in Washington, D.C., New York City, Massachusetts and other East Coast cities.
Excerpt from an article published on January 8, 1996
One of the biggest winter storms of the century slammed into Maryland yesterday, paralyzing the state with a blinding mix of fast-falling snow and ferocious winds that could turn this morning’s commute into a slow, agonizing crawl.
If there’s a commute at all.
Motorists were expected to face nearly 2 feet of powdery snow. Forecasters say the snow, driven by winds with gusts topping 30 mph, will make it tough — if not impossible — for plows to keep major highways clear before the first commuters venture out around dawn.
A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches. On Christmas Day, it could be warmer in New York City than Los Angeles.
On February 2nd, the famous weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and proclaimed six more weeks of winter. Little did we know how bitter cold and snowy it would be. According to a Baltimore Sun article, February 2015 was the second coldest on record with an average temperature of 25.3 degrees, the coldest since 1934. Though we haven’t seen record snow falls, what we have seen along with the cold temperatures have lead to hard winter for the greater Baltimore region. The most recent snowfall left six to 10 inches through out the area. Creating work and nuisance for some, and a reason to get out and play for others. In addition, it also created beautiful scenic landscapes. Here are some of the best photos from that storm.