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SNOWBOUND
MASSIVE STORM CRIPPLES BERKS COUNTY;
SHUTS DOWN MUCH OF NORTHEAST

Reading Eagle: Matthew J. Sroka


Janice L. Smith begins the arduous task of excavating her car Monday from mounds of snow in the 1200 block of Spring Street.

Storm kills 20, cuts Record snowfalls


Monday’s snowstorm is tied for third deepest in Berks County’s official Presidents Day
record books ------ after the January 1996 blizzard ----- according to Accu-
power to thousands Weather. Here are other notable Berks storms:
is unexpected
service was halted between
The worst blizzard since Washington and Richmond, Va.,
1996 closes airports and
disrupts bus and train
service from Washington
and regional bus service
stopped in many areas.
The holiday meant there
were few commuters, but po-
23” at
3 p.m. 34”
holiday for many
to New York. lice from Kentucky to Massa- Monday Snowfall of 23 inches
chusetts pleaded with mo- 24” 24”
closes most businesses
23”
The Associated Press torists to just stay home and 20” 21” 21” and cancels events, but
The worst blizzard in seven some counties banned non-
years shut down much of the essential travel so they could few accidents or power
Northeast on Presidents Day clear the roads. outages occur.
with blinding, windblown snow “This is going to be days
that piled up as much as 4 feet worth of cleanup,” said Mary- 1978 1958 1994 1983 2003 1888 1993 1996 ©2003 Reading Eagle Company

deep and left nearly a quarter of land Highway Administration By Steven Henshaw
Source: Accu-Weather, Reading Eagle archives Drifts up to 30 feet Reading Eagle: Matthew J. Sroka
a million homes and businesses spokesman David Buck. and Jason Brudereck Mike Buono, a custodian at
Reading Eagle: Bob Schneider
shivering without power. The western tip of Maryland Reading Eagle
Northeast Middle School, re-
At least 20 deaths had been was buried, with 49 inches of A snowstorm that began flects on his snow-removal du-
blamed on the storm system snow in Garrett County on top more than 24 hours earlier ties along 13th Street.
since it charged out of the of 30-foot drifts left by earlier wound down by Monday after-
Plains during the weekend, pil- storms. noon, leaving Berks Countians
ing snow in the Ohio Valley, “It’s no man’s land out and road crews the rest of the Five pages of coverage
producing mudslides and there,” said Garrett County day and night to deal with the inside, staring on A3
floods in the southern Ap- state highway supervisor Paul aftermath of the 23-inch snow-
palachians, and making layers McIntyre, whose office window fall. content to remain at home.
of ice that snapped trees and in Keysers Ridge, elevation What was a Presidents Day AccuWeather near State Col-
power lines. 2,900 feet, was entirely blocked holiday for some people turned lege reported 23 inches as the
The storm was headed for by snow. “It looks more like into an unplanned day off Mon- official snowfall accumulation
New England, where Massachu- Siberia than Maryland.” day for many others. in Berks County.
setts expected up to 2 feet of It was one of the worst snow- With many roads remaining Measurements recorded by
snow and minor coastal flooding. storms in a century in Washing- snow-covered well into the af- the Berks Area Rainfall Net-
Airports for Washington, Bal- ton, where 16 inches fell. For ternoon, most businesses work included 23 inches in
timore, Philadelphia and New the region as a whole, it was the closed and organizers post- Gibraltar; 221/2 in Vinemont; 14
York largely shut down, strand- worst snowstorm since the bliz- The Associated Press poned scheduled events. in Pricetown; 201/2 in Lincoln
ing thousands of passengers zard of 1996, when at least 80 A woman pulls her luggage across Times Square in Manhattan But with about 2 feet of snow Park; and 26 in Leesport.
trying to leave and get into the deaths were blamed on the Monday. A blizzard shut down much of the mid-Atlantic region on piled in front of their
region. Amtrak’s north-south weather. Presidents Day. doorsteps, most people seemed Snowbound continues on A3

Index
WINDOWS Teens
This edition: 3 sections, plus Voices
Early edition
This edition of the Reading
TO TODAY’S NEWS tackle Advice . . . . A11
Bridge . . . . . C9
Entertainment C6
Horoscope . . B6
Eagle was printed several
changes hours earlier than usual be-
Business . . . C5 Lifestyle . . . A10 cause of the snowstorm.
Low High in their Classified . . . C9 Lottery . . . . . A2
19 30 lives Elite fighters Fore the record Comics . . . . . B6
. . . . . . . . . . B7
Opinion . . . . . B8
Obituaries . . . B4
Psychiatrists have new evi- Tiger Woods is back after Crossword . C12 TV grid . . . . . C7
Some snow early; mostly dence on what makes an elite winning the Buick Invitation- . . . . . . . . . C13
cloudy. Details, A14 soldier tick. Lifestyle, A10 al. Sports, C1
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