New York, NY Snow Cripples City, Jan 1935
Six dead as snow, worst since 1888, cripples city
WINDS PILE UP DRIFTS
13 Inches Added in a
Day to 4-Inch Layer
STREET TRAFFIC STALLED
Storm, Covering Broad Area,
Also Ties Up Harbor and
33,000 MEN ARE MOBILIZED
Removal Onslaught Begins at
6:45 A. M.—Clear and Cold
Is Promised for Today
Bringing death to six persons and
injury to many others, a snowfall
that resumed at 5:15 A. M. yesterday
continued all day and into this
morning, dropping a blanket of
more than thirteen and a half
inches over the four-inch layer of
snow and ice which remained from
The fall was the heaviest since
the great blizzard of 1888 and delayed
trains to and from the city,
stalling street, air and harbor
The storm last night approached
the proportions of a blizzard when
the snow was driven by a fortymile
gale from the north and the
temperature dropped to 20 degrees.
Fine flakes still fell early this
morning but the skies were expected
to clear today. Somewhat
colder weather, with continued cold
tonight, was forecast.
4-Foot Drifts in Queens
The strong wind whipped up
drifts on the sidewalks and in the
streets late last night and early
this morning, threatening the repetition
of conditions which prevailed
in 1888. On Northern, Nassau and
Parsons Boulevards, and in other
sections of Queens, drifts four and
five feet high blocked sidewalks
and piled against houses. In sections
of Manhattan and the Bronx,
three-foot drifts occurred.
With a drop in the rate of fall
from one inch an hour during the
day to three-quarters of an inch
late at night, and to half an inch
in the early hours of the morning,
the possibility that the depth of
snow would equal that of March 2
to 4, 1888. 20.9 inches, grew less.
At 1 A. M., however, slightly
more than the later record of 17.5
inches of Feb. 4 to 7. 1920. had fallen
and weather observers expected
that between two and three inches
more would fall before the end of
Storm conditions prevailed over a
wide area. High drifts filled Westchester
roads for a time but the
main arteries were cleared by midnight.
Transportation on southern
Long Island was delayed and
blocked. Power and telephone lines
were down in rural communities in
Southern New Jersey and nine
towns and villages on the Jersey
seaeoast. Vehicular traffic was
paralyzed in Connecticut.
All of East Blanketed
Snow covered the East generally
from the Ohio Valley to the coast.
Philadelphia, in the grip of a
two-day snowfall, was semi-paralyzed.
New England highways were
blocked by drifts, and Boston streets
were deserted. A thirty-mile gale
lashed the Atlantic coast from the
Virginia coast to Eastport, Me., during
Hundreds of Northern Mississippi
families were marooned on housetops
and other points of refuge
when the Coldwater River overflowed.
North Florida experienced
its most widespread and in some
sections the heaviest snowfall on
record; some sections had flurries
that had never known snow before.
Over the country, according to an
Associated Press survey, a toll of
more than eighty lives was taken.
Sub-zero temperatures were recorded
in the Northwest and Canada.
Vancouver, B.C , was isolated
by rockslides and snowdrifts.
Argentina was sweltering in a
heat wave, the mercury hitting 105
degrees, while a tropical storm was
lashing Hilo, Hawaii.
Jan. 22, 1935 edition of The New York Times