The "Great Snow of 1717" (a series of 4 storms to hit the eastern U.S. in 9 days) finally came to an end. Snow depths averaged 60 inches following the storm. Up to 4 feet of snow fell around Boston, Massachusetts and snow drifts 25 feet high were reported around Dorchester, Massachusetts. There was no traveling or rural church going for 3 weeks.
A cold wave swept across the East Coast, sending the mercury to 8 degrees below zero at Boston, Massachusetts. The outbreak was the most severe March cold wave of record in modern history.
A coastal storm produced record low barometric pressures along the East Coast. Some station records were Norfolk, Virginia 28.35", Washington, DC, 28.67", Atlantic City, New Jersey 28.37", Block Island, Rhode Island, 28.20", and Boston, Massachusetts 28.455". Despite the extremely low pressures, the accompanying winds were not high and little damage resulted.
45 cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Huron, South Dakota reached 80 degrees and Pickstown, South Dakota hit 81 degrees. Rochester, Minnesota and Rockford, Illinois smashed previous records for the date by 16 degrees.
6.5 inches of snow fell at Boston, Massachusetts on this date to bring its seasonal to 96.4 inches -- the city's snowiest winter in 105 years of record keeping. The old record was 96.3 inches set in the 1993-94 winter season. Now all major cities along this east coast had broken their seasonal snowfall records in the 1995-96 winter season.
Two snowstorms in a little over three days dumped 43.2 inches of snow on Rochester, New York.