You would never guess judging from the past couple of winters in New Jersey, but it can snow here.

A lot.

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With the exception of the northern parts of the state, New Jersey saw only a few flakes last winter.

The winter before that wasn't very snowy either.

Back in the day, kidding, the Garden State would typically get one or two decent snowfalls per season.


We would also have "those" winters where we were clobbered.

I remember the winter of 1996. I was in the 7th grade. Talk about the perfect timing. Big snow = no school.

The Blizzard of 1996 hit New Jersey in January of that year.

Not only did it dump a significant amount of snow on the area, but it was an intense storm that lasted a long amount of time.


This wasn't one of those "maybe it will mix with rain" situations. It was bitterly cold, and there was no question that Jersey was going to get rocked.

What was interesting about this storm was that it was the result of two storms in one.

A low-pressure system moving up the East Coast met with cold air coming from the northwest. M

Mix those two things together and you'll get a good old-fashioned nor'easter.


By the time this system had left us, some areas of the state had received more than two feet of snow.

Jersey isn't used to that amount of white stuff, so naturally, it brought life to a standstill.

Businesses shut down for lengthy periods of time and I remember not going to school for at least a week.

When we did eventually get back to the classroom, the mounds of snow at the bus stop were so high that we could touch the top of the street signs.

There have been other snow events that have left their marks on Jersey.

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