DISCUSSION: As we look back to the first week of January 1996, we arrive at the occurrence of a rather historic snowstorm in United States weather history. There is no question as this particular winter storm was rather complicated from a larger-scale weather pattern standpoint. This event occurred predominantly as a result of strong, efficient warm-air advection occurring out ahead of an area of low-pressure developing across the interior Southeastern United States. It is also worth noting that by studying the total snowfall map attached above, there was a clear orographic precipitation enhancement (i.e., a terrain-based enhancement) associated with the snowfall bands which developed out ahead of the associated low-pressure system. Attached below is an exact excerpt pertaining to the summary of this particular historic winter weather event (courtesy of the This Day in Weather History team).
"A severe nor'easter paralyzed the East Coast on January 6 to the 8th, 1996. In Washington D.C., this storm is also known as the "Great Furlough Storm" because it occurred during the 1996 federal government shutdown. Snowfall amounts from this event includes: 47 inches in Big Meadows, Virginia; 30.7" in Philadelphia; 27.8" in Newark; 24.6" at the Dulles International Airport; 24.2" in Trenton; 24" in Providence; 22.5" in Baltimore; 18.2" in Boston; 17.1" in D.C.; and 9.6" in Pittsburgh."
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