PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Between the snow and extreme cold, last winter was probably the harshest on record, and the unrelenting winter was kicked into overdrive exactly one year ago from Tuesday.
The winter of 2014-2015 actually started off fairly quietly, with very little snow and mild temperatures. Then, on Jan. 26, the Blizzard of 2015 came to town, setting off one of the coldest, snowiest stretches of weather anyone alive has seen in Southern New England.
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Only a few inches fell that first day, but another 16 fell the next day to make the snowstorm the fourth-largest on record for Rhode Island.
The winds created an extended period of white-out conditions, making it an official blizzard in Providence, Newport, and Westerly, where official weather observations are taken.
The region was blanketed with one to two feet of snow and winds howled to 60 miles per hour.
The cold that followed for the next two months was no less brutal. February was the coldest since 1934, ice breakers had to be called into New Bedford Harbor, and the snow seemed like it just wouldn’t go away.
January finished as one of the snowiest on record, February was the snowiest on record and March finished in the top 10.