31 years later: Remembering when Central New York was buried by the Blizzard of ’93

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Do you remember the “Storm of the Century” that pasted Central New York with nearly 4 feet of snow?!?

Syracuse had just experienced it’s second snowiest February on record with over 50 inches of snowfall.

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When all was said and done Syracuse ended up with a record 43″ of snow for the storm.

It was March 13 and 14 of 1993 when the region saw snowfall rates of two to three inches per hour, equivalent to more than 35 inches falling in 24 hours.

The Blizzard of 1993 swept from the deep south all the way up the entire east coast.

The storm not only caused Central New York chaos with the snow. An estimated 15 tornadoes struck Florida and strong wind gusts up to 144 miles per hour left a devastating impact in several spots along the east coast.

More than 270 people from 13 different states died from the Blizzard of ’93. 44 of those deaths were attributed to either tornadoes or other severe weather in Florida.

The snowfall isolated thousands of Central New Yorkers. A total of 43 inches of snow from the Blizzard ’93 dump were recorded in Syracuse, a record-high for the Salt City.

Schools were closed. Flights were canceled. The roads were so covered in snow, at one point, crews were forced to stop plowing.

Up on Syracuse University Hill, what used to be the Carrier Dome roof, even had to be deflated.

Julie Losurdo '93 Syracuse blizzard
Photo provided by Julie Losurdo of the ’93 blizzard.

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