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December 16, 2009
Times Leader
By BETTY?POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor
SNOW and ice are all part of winter in Eastern Ohio, but some winters are worse than others.
An outstanding example of a particularly bad winter was the snow in 1950, sometimes called the “blizzard of the century.”
The Ohio Historical Society reports that the Thanksgiving storm that year was the deepest on the state’s history, and nearly the entire state had more than 10 inches of snow with 20-30 inches dumped on communities in the eastern half of Ohio.
According to the Ohio history Web site, the day after the storm began, winds increased to more than 40 miles an hour, and temperatures dropped to near zero.
Despite the weather, the Ohio State-Michigan game was played that Saturday (Nov. 25) in the ’Shoe, and it was known as the Snow Bowl. (OSU fans undoubtedly would prefer that the winner is not mentioned.)
There have been other major storms, but let’s hope there isn’t a memorable one this winter.
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THE BLIZZARD of the century — the 20th century, that is — occurred in November 1950, and it still is remembered by many area residents. A former employee of The Times Leader took this photo while waiting as attempts were made to clear this vehicle from the snow on Ohio 147 in the Centerville area.



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