This winter, the region has been hit by wave after wave of winter storms. Elmira has been spared the worst of it (so far), but Chemung County has been hit by quite a few major snowstorms over the years.
|West Water Street, 1912|
Corner of Main and Water Streets, December 19, 1890
|Corner of Water and Lake Streets, 1914|
Three years later, on March 19, 1928, the biggest single snowfall of the season brought only 10 inches of snow to the city. The storm did not cause any notable travel problems but the cleanup provided temporary employment for more than 200 men throughout the county.
|Water and Main Streets, c. 1930s|
Snow loader on Main Street near
Second Street, January 26, 1958
The 1960s saw two major winter storms hit the area. The storm on February 3-4, 1961 broke the longstanding record set in 1914 of the most snow dropped on the city in a single storm. Elmira saw 25 inches of snow while the entire region was blanketed in 14 to 32 inches of snow. Buses and trains were hours late and the airport closed. Schools and businesses also closed and most events were canceled. Harris Hill’s ski slopes were even closed because of the storm.
On January 30, 1966, only eight inches of snow fell but high winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour blew it into drifts up to 14 feet deep in some places in Southport and VanEtten. Roads and highways, schools, offices, and retail stores were all closed. Factory assembly lines were shut down and garbage pickup was postponed in the city. The high winds tore tv antennas off of houses and made the 15 degree temperatures feel much colder.
Water Street, January 20, 1978
The Blizzard of ’78 blanketed much of the northeastin thick snow. Elmira received 19 ¼ inches.
Winter snows will continue to fall no matter how inconvenient it is for people. Here’s hoping for an early spring!