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The Blizzard of February 3 - 4, 1961

The storm occurred toward the end of an extended cold snowy period that brought the temperature in New York's Central Park down to -2 (2 degrees below zero) on the morning of February 2nd. The storm reached blizzard proportions throughout much of the northeast and winds at LaGuardia airport gusted over 80 miles per hour on the 4th. Snowfall totals exceeded 20 inches over much of the region. Falling on top existing snowcover, including that left over from the "Kennedy inaugural" snowstorm on the 19-20th of January, the aftermath of the storm found near record snowcover over the region ranging from 2 to 2 1/2 feet in and around New York City up to nearly 4 feet around Newburg, New York. The images below were taken in Syosset, Long Island following the storm. Click on an image to view a higher resolution version.

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Syosset, NY, Blizzard of February 4, 1961           Syosset, NY, Blizzard of February 4, 1961
                    Syosset, NY, February 4, 1961
                     Syosset, NY, Blizzard of February 4, 1961