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The Northeaster Blizzards Of January 1897


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

    22nd and 23rd January 1897 were very wintry days across many parts of the UK with gale force NEly winds, blizzards and drifting snow.


    Here are some reports from that period

    22nd January

    Finchley: Snow much drifted.

    Kensworth: Great snow storm, drfits 15ft deep, roads and lane blocked

    Hedsor: NE gale and much snow

    Oxford: Blizzard at 4pm, one inch of snow fell in 20 minutes

    Clifton: Blizzard and darkness at 3pm

    Gloucester: Blizzard

    Ross-on-Wye: Blizzard at 2.30pm

    Louth: Thunder, lightning and snow

    Astle Hall: Blowing a gale from the NE, a regular blizzard

    Horncastle: Fearful snowstorms with deep drifts

    Hitchin: Snow drifts, many roads blocked

    Norwich: Blinding snowstorms, drifting

    Manchester: snowstorm on 22nd, and snow on the 24th, 25th, 26th and 29th

    23rd January

    Kensington: NE gales with snow showers

    Sheppey: Severe snow storms, 4 inches of snow

    Rochester: Very severe blizzard from NE

    Lewes: Heavy falls of snow

    Addington: A very wild day with great drifts

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