The Blizzard of '96 brought record breaking snow to most of Southeast Pennsylvania and paralyzed the region for several
The storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico on the morning of the 6th, moved south of Alabama the evening of the 6th, reached
Savannah Georgia the morning of the 7th, Cape Hatteras the evening of the 7th, moved just to the west of the Delaware Bay
Buoy the morning of the 8th before reaching the Southern New England Coastal Waters the evening of the 8th.
This was a classic a storm track for heavy snow.
Precipitation was all snow in Pennsylvania. Snow began falling during the predawn hours on the 7th and became heavy at
times during the morning.
(4AM EST 7 January 1996)
Blizzard conditions developed during the afternoon and
evening as strong northeast winds developed around the intensifying low.
(5PM EST 7 January 1996)
There was a lull in the precipitation after midnight on the 8th for SE PA with the exception of Berks and the Lehigh Valley...
where the snow continued non stop.
(5AM EST 08 January 1996)
wraparound snow returned during the daylight hours on the 8th...
(12PM EST 08 January 1996)
All-time single storm records were set at both the Lehigh Valley International Airport (25.6 inches) and Philadelphia International
Airport (30.7 inches). It should be noted the 30.7 inches represents a SNOWFALL ESTIMATE. Due to the considerable blowing
and drifting of the snow, the observers at the airport were forced to use a water equivalent/snowfall estimate table. The
actual ACCUMULATION was probably less.
Snowfall accumulations averaged 20 to 22 inches in Monroe and Carbon Counties, around 2 feet in Lehigh and Northampton
Counties, 24 to 33 inches in Berks County, 20 to 26 inches in Chester and Delaware Counties, 20 to 30 inches in Montgomery
and Bucks Counties and 27 inches in Philadelphia. Other individual accumulations included 33 inches in Ontelaunee Township
(Berks), 30 inches in Reading (Berks) and Palm and Souderton (Montgomery), 28 inches in Perkasie (Bucks), 27 inches in Philadelphia
(Franklin Institute) and 26 inches in Glenmoore (Chester).