Reported in the News Letter on March 21, 1956: US hit by worst storm in a century; 141 dead

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New York yesterday began digging its way out of the 16 inches of snow of two blizzards which hit the city on Monday [March 19] and raged northwards, causing, it is estimated, 141 deaths in 11 States.

Emergencies were declared in some of the States.

The storm was the worst in a century.

Tens of thousands of cars were abandoned on blocked roads, and on Monday New York was like a ghost city. Yesterday, taken as the first day of spring, saw snowploughs in action. The shutdown caused New York an estimated loss of £71,000,000 in trade alone. Hundreds of thousands of workers were “marooned” in suburban homes.

The weather bureau in Washington will hold an inquiry into the failure of the New York bureau to forecast the blizzard. It forecast a storm with only two inches of snow.