ON THIS DAY: Feb. 5, 2010, ‘Snowmageddon’ paralyzed Mid-Atlantic

PITTSBURGH — “Snowmageddon” bore down on western Pennsylvania on Feb. 5, 2010, leaving behind 21.9″ of snow officially at Pittsburgh International Airport with parts of the region easily topping two feet of snow.

More people talk about the Blizzard of ’93 and Snowmageddon than any other snowstorms in Pittsburgh history. The February 2010 storm wreaked havoc from coast to coast causing more than 40 fatalities in the United States and Mexico.

So far this winter we have seen more than 43″ of snow, and that is still five inches shy of the single month of February 2010 when we recorded more than four feet of snow. And keep in mind, February only has 28 days.

Pittsburgh was the first major city to experience part of the nor’easter’s heaviest precipitation with snow starting late in the afternoon that Friday and continuing to fall until late morning Saturday.

Three days later, another eight inches of snow fell over a two-day span. Total snowfall for the month of February 2010 was nearly four feet.

Snowmageddon is currently ranked as the fourth largest snowstorm on record, just behind the March blizzard of 1993 in which 25.3 inches of snow fell.​