Pat Shingleton: "March Blizzards"
March is the month that tries to hang onto winter while tossing in some springtime warmth. Spring officially springs next Monday and traditionally the nationwide weather combination includes readings in the 80s and other past examples of snowstorms. Two paralyzing blizzards occurred in March. The Times News reports that March 12 to 13, 1993 found the “Storm of the Century” dumping 42 inches of snow in the northeast. On March 11-14, 1888, “The Blizzard of ‘88” blocked trains in New York resulting in over 400 deaths. Rewinding to March 24, 1765, more than two feet of snow was recorded in Eastern., PA and was called “The Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm” because both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were trapped by the storm in Virginia and Mount Vernon. In Baton Rouge, I remember the Friday before the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 13, 1993. My brother Denis arrived from Fort Worth and as we enjoyed the "best Oysters in Town" at Giamanco's on Government Street, flakes were falling outside. Trace amounts were reported in Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes with two inch accumulations in Gulfport.