Pat Shingleton: "Early March Headlines"
Welcome to March with a couple of significant weather events. March 1, 1910 noted the deadliest avalanche in United States history. Two trains with carriage cars were stalled on a snowbound grade leading to Steven’s Pass in Washington. The avalanche swept the engines and cars into a canyon resulting in fatalities ranging from 96 to 118. The then famous Wellington Station house was also leveled by the avalanche. Other March events include a major ice storm on this date in 1960 that snapped hundreds of miles of power and telephone lines in northern Alabama and northern Georgia. A covering of 1 to 4 Inches of ice was reported and 90% of the trees in Dekalb County were damaged as ice remained on the ground in numerous locations until March 11.