Special Report - April Fools Day Blizzard 1997
|AP Photo Fenway Park April 1, 1997|
Easter 97 sure seemed like a good day to practice the Nomar toe tap and take a few swings with the family. The early to mid 90's have some of the most extreme seasonal snow totals in Boston and Worcester on record so we were going to celebrate a fairly normal winter.
The weather chart on 3-30-1997 isn't all that ominous. Even a trained meteorologist would have trouble believing big mischief was coming from a rather innocent looking surface chart.
|NWS Daily Weather Map March 30, 1997, 8 AM (image WPC)|
|NWS Daily Weather Map March 31, 1997, 8 AM (image WPC)|
|WCVB April Fools Day Blizzard Coverage|
The storm would stall offshore for a few hours while a band of heavy snow sat in Eastern Massachusetts. The low would weaken and drift to the southeast later on Tuesday, April 1 but not before snow lingered into the early afternoon in Eastern MA.
|7 PM March 31, 1997 to 7 AM April 1, 1997 radar loop (image UCAR)|
Impacts to Southern New England
The snowstorm dropped the largest snowfall in Worcester until it was surpassed by the January 2015 blizzard (33.0" vs 34.5"). In Boston, the storm is the greatest 24-hour snowfall and 4th largest snow total on record with 25.4". The 22.4" that fell on April 1st makes April 1997 the snowiest on record for the capital of New England.
|Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale Rating|
|WCVB photo of tree damage during 1997 blizzard|
|AP Photo of unplowed Boston street on Wednesday, April 2, 1997|
ICYMI, frozen precipitation is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.
Kocin, Uccellini, Northeast Snowstorms Volume II: The Cases, Pgs 609-617