Winter delivered a wallop to the Capital Region 20 years ago this week. It was the blizzard of 1993 — a nor’easter that dropped 26.6 inches of snow in the middle of March. The storm was a deadly event. Four people lost their lives. Snow began to swirl around dawn on Saturday, March 13 and quickly covered bare grass and dry pavement. Winds showed up. So did tall drifts. “It’s definitely the most powerful storm to strike the region in decades,” said meteorologist Anthony Cristaldi at the National Weather Service in Albany. “This is like a hurricane with snow,” said Devlin Dean, a forecaster at the Atmospheric Science Research Center at the University at Albany, as he watched the snow fall.
Robert Russell has a small shovel and big snowbanks on Chrisler Avenue in Schenectady shortly after the blizzard of 1993. Snow began falling around dawn on Saturday, March 13. The next day, 26.6 inches of white stuff was on the ground.
A masked shoveler clears snow in Schenectady during the blizzard of '93.
Some people were glad to see the snow. This young adventurer frolicked inside a snow house.
Brian Bagnoli didn’t have to worry about rain, sleet nor gloom of night as he delivered mail in Mechanicville. Snow was another matter — but Bagnoli made sure letters and magazines found their addresses.
Virginia Leathem waves an Irish flag as marchers in Troy’s St. Patrick’s Day parade pass her home on Fourth Street on March 13, 1993. Snow and winds shortened festivities, but did not stop them.
Young marchers in the Troy parade wore smiles, green and snowflakes as the Irish and their friends celebrated their heritage with an abbreviated outdoor party.