February 19-20, 1934

Bridgeport, Connecticut. Snowfall amounts included: Boston: 15.0"; Bridgeport: 25.5"; Cutchogue, NY: 8.0"; Farmingdale (2 NE): 14.0"; Flushing (Queens), NY: 13.5"; Hartford: 17.4"; Layton (3 NW), NJ: 4.5"; Mount Vernon, NY: 11.0"; New Brunswick, NJ: 10.0"; New London, CT: 4.0"; New York City: 7.6"; Newark, NJ: 7.5"; Portland: 14.5"; Providence: 5.5"; Setauket, NY: 18.1"; and, Waterbury, CT: 18.0"

Source: Historical Collections, Bridgeport Public Library.  Also, David W. Palmquist, A Pictorial History: Bridgeport, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, Publishers, 1985, p.143.

News account: “Lashed by a sixty-mile northeast gale, the heaviest snowstorm since the famous blizzard of 1888 almost completely paralyzed the New England coast yesterday [February 20]. The storm extended inland as far as the Adirondacks and south to the Eastern shore of Maryland, although with less severity… While southern New England took the brunt of the storm, it spread north and west into Vermont, New Hampshire, and upstate New York. Highways were blocked by drifts in many places six feet deep…”

Source: “New England Blanketed,” The New York Times, February 21, 1934.
Jim Ashton's tractor attempting to plow the roads (Middle Island, New York)

Source: Photo collection of Donald Bayles.  Generously made available by Paul Infranco of the Longwood's Journey website.