The Southeastern United States got hit with a powerful winter storm on Saturday, resulting in power outages, road closures, and perilous driving conditions throughout the region. At least four people have died due to winter-related causes.
The National Weather Service said 19 states were under winter storm watches, warnings, or advisories. "Widespread snow continues to impact portions of the Carolinas and the eastern mid-Atlantic," the NWS wrote. "Widespread winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect from northern Georgia...through much of the southern mid-Atlantic...and also the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts." By early Saturday, snowfall had reached the New Jersey shore and the Atlantic coast, while parts of the West also got slammed.
Related: 10 of the biggest snowstorms in history
10 of the biggest snowstorms in history
10 of the biggest snowstorms in history
10. The Knickerbocker Storm of 1922
View of a car buried in snow during the so-called Knickerbocker Storm, a blizzard that dropped 28 inches of snow on Washington DC, January 28, 1922. The storm, which also affected a large portion of the Eastern Seaboard, was named after the collapse of DC's Knickerbocker Theatre, caused by the excess weight of the snow on the structure's roof, which resulted in 98 deaths and 113 injuries; later, both the building's owner and architect committed suicide.
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9. Blizzard Of 1888
A man stands by a snow hut, after the Great Blizzard of 1888, with U.S. Capitol in background, Washington, D.C. According to History.com, 55 inches of snow piled up in some areas and hundreds of people were killed.
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8. The Blizzard of 1996
The Blizzard of '96 was a severe nor'easter that paralyzed the U.S. East Coast with up to 4 feet of wind-driven snow from January 6 to January 8, 1996. It is one of only two snowstorms to receive the top rating of 5, or 'Extreme', on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale. Looking west down Penn. Ave from the US Capitol during the Blizzard.
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7. 2008 Blizzard in Tibet
Journeying outside of the Unites States, Tibet got a surprise storm that lasted 36 hours and dropped upwards of five feet of snow causing buildings to collapse and at least seven deaths.
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6. 1959 storm on Mount Shasta
Number six is the storm on Mount Shasta in California in 1959 which unloaded 189 inches of snow on the locals and is considered the largest snowfall from a single storm in North America according to NOAA.
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2. Blizzard of 1977
At number two is the blizzard of '77 in Buffalo, New York. Powerful and sustained winds created massive snow drifts.
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5. Blizzard of 1971
Next is the Eastern Canadian Blizzard of 1971. It is said the event closed down the Montreal Forum, canceling a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, something that hasn't occurred since the flu epidemic of 1918.
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4. New England Blizzard of 1978
At number four is the New England Blizzard of 1978. Stalling over New England, this storm struck during the day, dropping over 27 inches of snow and stranding many at schools, businesses and others in their cars.
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3. The Great Snow of 1717
Then there was the Great Snow of 1717 over the New England Area. With five feet of snow already on the ground, around four more fell on top of that creating drifts as tall as 25 feet, burying entire houses.
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1. Blizzard of 1967
But the storm to top them all is the Blizzard of 1967. Laying waste to the Midwest, this storm took 76 lives, set the record snowfall for Chicago with 23 inches and was preceded by a severe tornado outbreak with temperatures in the 60's.
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The storm has already caused serious damage across the South. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency over the weather conditions, while Georgia Power said on its website that more than 10,000 customers across the Atlanta metro area had already lost electricity by early Saturday. Roy Cooper, the governor of North Carolina, said that there were at least 260 traffic accidents in his state due to the storm. According to the Weather Channel, the storm has claimed four lives in Oregon, Kentucky, Georgia, and Maine.
"This is a very serious weather event," Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday, as quoted by CNN. "My only concern is that I don't think people have an appreciation for the gravity of it. This is a very, very significant storm."
People also rushed to supermarkets and stores to stock up on essential groceries and other items ahead of the storm. For example, Lauren Rathbone, the manager of a hardware store in Durham, North Carolina, told NBC News that she estimated her store sold almost seven tons of ice melt along with hundreds of shovels.