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Looking back on April Fools’ Day blizzard of 1997

Storm Team 8 Weather

We see dozens of snowfall maps in a typical winter, but rarely this late in the season.

It was no April Fools joke when back in 1997, parts of Connecticut saw over two feet of snow on April 1st!

It started with weather just like the last three days in Connecticut!

The March 30th was sunny with 60s, the 31st was rainy with highs in the 50s, but that night, things changed in a huge way. A strong system intensified, dragging in cold air and, as temps started to fall, the snow came with it!

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Along with the snow was a lot of wind, causing over 700,000 power outages across New England with 85,000 of those in our state.

Waking up on April 1st, people living in Maryland to Maine felt the effect of Mother Nature’s April Fools joke with as much as 30 inches of snow.

Putnam and Norfolk, Connecticut woke up with 21 inches of snow, Danbury received just over a foot, New Canaan saw 15 inches, and even New Haven managed to accumulate six inches from this storm.

Mother Nature can always keep you on your toes this time of the year, but thankfully, we’re not looking at any accumulating snow coming this week.

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