On this Day, March 13th, 1993 – “The Storm of the Century”

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30 Years has passed since the Blizzard of 1993. It was initially described as “The Storm of the Century“, but only three years later the Blizzard of 1996 hit which easily topped this storm for that title.

Storm of the Century

Late on the night of Friday, March 12th, 1993 the storm hit Berks County. In the days before the storm it was predicted to be large, but forecasters were uncertain whether the precipitation would be rain or snow. Had the storm tracked further west, it would have drawn warmer air from the mountains and been rain. However, it went directly up the east coast, with whipping winds causing blinding conditions. The snow persisted all day Saturday and tapered off Sunday the 14th.

Storm of the Century

By the time the wind died down over 18 inches of snow had fallen on Berks that weekend. Five Berks County residents lost their lives due to this blizzard; two in the following days from shoveling the snow.

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Scott G Hagy
Scott G Hagy
1 year ago

Wow, I remember my pregnant wife was in the Reading Hospital that weekend. On Saturday morning, the 13th I walked from Shillington to the Hospital during the worst of the storm to visit her and give her a gift. What a trek it was! I recall how empty the building was when I arrived. It almost seemed like the place was a giant haunted palace Fortunately, they did have some essential personnel there who were basically snowed in.

Scott G Hagy
Scott G Hagy
1 year ago
Reply to  Alexa Freyman

Thank-you Alexa. We were worried that my wife might have a premature birth, but when I arrived at the Hospital, I was relieved to find out that her minor operation didn’t induce labor – my son was born on time 3 months later!

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