January 1922: Big blizzard cuts off Washington and South
DC buried under worst snow since 1899
The states comprising the Middle Atlantic section were today buried, and were being further buried under the heaviest snowfall since the long-remembered blizzard of February 1899.
The storm, which began with almost unprecedented falls of snow in the Carolinas and Virginia Thursday, was creeping up the coast, leaving buried cities, stalled trains, disturbed trolley service and a general suspension of business and social activities in its wake.
The blanket of snow was heaviest today in the District of Columbia, with the fall recorded at 10 o’clock as an even two feet. At that time, it was still snowing and the Weather Bureau prediction was for a continuation of the fall through the day and into the night.
Starting shortly before dusk yesterday evening, the snow fell continuously through the night, and by midnight, railroads and trolley lines began to surrender. From midnight until 9 o’clock this morning, no trains left the capital, and only three from New York and one from the West arrived.
Thoroughfares were strewn with abandoned automobiles. The flakes fell so thick and fast that numerous accidents were reported and the police received several calls for aid to find persons believe to have lost their way in finding their homes.
One boy had gone astray in the blinding storm; many automobile crashes were reported, and eleven persons were injured in accidents.
11 snowy DC street scenes from January 28, 1922
Two cars from the 1920s buried in the snow
Trolley cars in Washington DC at a standstill
People gathering downtown in the snowy city
Two vintage pickup trucks and train trolley cars on a major street