Utica’s Greatest Snowstorms: A Look Back [PHOTOS]
As we prepare for Winter Storm Harper that could dump up to 2 feet of snow in central New York, we take a look back some of our biggest snowstorms.
In Utica, people tend to talk about two storms in particular; the blizzard of 1966 and the blizzard of 1925. Obviously, I don't remember either one, but thanks to the Oneida County Historical Society we call relive the horror of being buried alive in 28 feet of snow.
The Blizzard of 1966:
This was one of those storms that made you feel like you never going to make to spring, let alone the end of January. The massive Nor'easter originally struck the lakeside city of Oswego, but later buried the state in ridiculous amounts of snow. Oswego took the brunt of it, receiving more than 100 inches of snow during the five day storm.
Utica didn't fare much better, as the city saw 31 inches of snow between January 29th and February 1st. The storm ranks at the top of the city's accumulations chart by more than three inches, topping an almost equally dastardly storm from 1970.
The Blizzard of 1925:
Many of us weren't around for this one, but the blizzard of 1925 struck like a lion in 1925. On January 29th, the city of Utica saw about 22 inches of snow fall on the city, covering it in a thick layer of white. Crews worked feverishly to clear the streets, and the storm still ranks among the city's top ten storms. But, people mainly remember it as "The Big Snow."