'The Big One'

Archived coverage of the worst winter storm to hit the Baltimore region since record-keeping began in 1871.

Snowstorm

Snowstorm

Feb. 2003  Read more ...

Despite snow, city drought restrictions still in place

A record snowfall is still gurgling down the drain. Maryland's streams are swollen, and the water is rising in rural wells.  Read more ...

Plans for fair fall through with roof

Fair of the Iron Horse 175, the pageant of locomotives and rail cars that was to be the biggest ever of its kind in the United States and boost the B&O Railroad Museum's stature, has been canceled.  Read more ...

With plows repaired, city, suburbs gear up for more heavy snow

As the winter-weary Baltimore region braced for up to another 10 inches of snow, city officials said they repaired most of the plows that broke during the recent record-breaking snowfall.  Read more ...

Grasmick allowed to waive two school days

Even as another snowstorm headed toward Maryland, the state school board gave its superintendent yesterday the authority to shorten the academic year by two days to help local school systems make up time lost to last week's record-setting snowstorm.  Read more ...

Floods follow rain, snow

The woes of too much snow were largely replaced yesterday by the problems of too much water as Marylanders continued the cleanup from the biggest snowstorm on record.  Read more ...

Hoping B&O Museum is able to maintain pieces of history

I¬íVE OFTEN thought that Baltimore possesses three truly great object collections: the Cone sisters' canvases, the treasure of Henry and William Walters and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Yes, the rail museum at Pratt and Poppleton, which suffered such a direct hit from this week's snowstorm, is this country's knockout stable of iron-horse history.  Read more ...

In Alaska, they'd 'kill for snow'

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Somewhere up in the heavens, they evidently thought it would be a joke: Let's switch the winters on people and see what happens.  Read more ...

Cleared paths or not, postal workers finish their rounds

Etched in granite on the facade of the main post office in New York, the motto sounds like a noble calling: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  Read more ...

Congregation seeks refuge from the storm

Looking at the ruins of his Pimlico church, its roof caved in by an unbearable load of snow, the Rev. Jimmy Hunter mused aloud about what to tell his congregation.  Read more ...

Racing gets back on track

Racing gets back on track

For the past week, the only action at Laurel Park was happening on the business end of a snowblower.  Read more ...

Big loads sag roofs, leading to evacuations

About 350 workers were evacuated from three buildings at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Howard County and sent home yesterday morning after they noticed sagging ceiling tiles caused by roof stress under the weight of the weekend's huge snowfall.  Read more ...

Schools' snow day no day off for crew

He's got driveways, parking lots and sidewalks that need to be shoveled, plowed and salted. He has snow-clogged vents and roof drains to clear. Bus routes to survey, broken windows to replace, frozen locks to fix and water pipes to inspect - all of it has to be done before schools can be declared ready to reopen.  Read more ...

We shovelers should be wary of back-breaking snow work

YESTERDAY morning, having spent the previous two days shoveling the alley in which my car was parked and awakening a chorus of muscles previously asleep since the first Reagan administration, I did what so many brave and foolhardy people of my generation were doing: I telephoned my chiropractor and asked for diplomatic asylum from the snow.  Read more ...

Though storm gone, troubles aren't over

BOSTON - Backs aren't the only things hurting as residents of the Northeast shovel away mounds of snow left by the year's first big storm. State and city budgets also are strained.  Read more ...

Opening public schools tomorrow is in doubt

Schools in the Baltimore region remained closed today for the third snow day in a row, and many officials were skeptical about being able to reopen school doors to students tomorrow because of inaccessible roads, sidewalks and facilities.  Read more ...

Snow's no obstacle for fertility patients

Time waits for no man. Or embryo.  Read more ...

Repairs to roof of B&O museum are begun

At the B&O Railroad Museum, where half the roof over the 19th-century roundhouse building collapsed under the weight of snow, structural engineers and contractors began preparing yesterday to brace the remaining portion to prevent further damage to a unique collection of train cars and engines.  Read more ...

It really was 'the Big One'

What felt like the worst snowstorm ever was indeed the Big One.  Read more ...

Carbon monoxide takes young Md. lives

Four children have died in Maryland of carbon monoxide poisoning after inhaling dangerous fumes from exhaust pipes of cars buried underneath a record-breaking snowfall, and Baltimore police were investigating two other deaths under similar circumstances last night.  Read more ...

Thousands of area school buses have to be dug out

Before dawn yesterday, Linthicum bus contractor Robert Zimmerman was in his Chevrolet pickup, shoving snow with his truck's plow blade to free some of the 30 school buses buried on his lot.  Read more ...

Plow crews stop only for coffee, catnaps

Phil Pietrolungo wouldn't mind a single 24-hour shift right about now.  Read more ...

MTA resumes partial bus, light rail service

As major arteries in Baltimore and across the state were scraped down to the blacktop yesterday, buses and trains began limited service by midafternoon. But officials warned that the region's transportation networks will take days to fully recover.  Read more ...

Cleanup slowed by snowplow failures

As Baltimore's side streets remained snowbound two days after a record-setting snowstorm, the city's efforts to clear neighborhoods have been slowed by equipment failures in almost half of its plows.  Read more ...

Retailers extend sales, try to recoup

Retailers are extending Presidents Day sales, restocking shelves with food and other staples and selling off inventory to liquidators after the weekend snowstorm forced hundreds of stores and malls in Baltimore and elsewhere in the northeastern United States to shut down.  Read more ...

Snow further delays criminal court system

Yesterday's criminal court docket in Baltimore was an average one: A 17-year-old was to stand trial in the killing of an 18-year-old. A man was to face a jury on charges that he sexually abused a 3-year-old boy. A former parole agent was to be tried on a bribery charge.  Read more ...

Simply beastly weather

Simply beastly weather

Never mind that snow leopards are supposed to revel in this weather. This one, recently arrived from San Antonio, ventured outside for a minute into the snow and ran back into his enclosure.  Read more ...

Area residents recall snowstorm of January 1922

In the Knickerbocker snowstorm of January 1922, Maryland's biggest ever until this week, Bill Jasper remembers great electric arcs flashing like fireworks when the streetcar trolley hit a patch of ice on the power line.  Read more ...

Moving snow can hurt your heart, doctors say

Dr. Stephen H. Pollock has one order for the two heart attack patients he treated yesterday at St. Joseph Medical Center, after their efforts to dig out of the snow nearly killed them: Put away the shovels.  Read more ...

Take a break from shoveling and check your quiz score

IN CASE YOU missed it - and chances of that are pretty good - I promised to produce answers today to the Winter Day Quiz, presented in this space Monday as a public service to snowbound readers of The Sun.  Read more ...

Reflecting on a lack of clearer road markings

SHARON MURRELL's frustration with the "many terrible road problems" has finally spilled over. But she picked the worst of these frustrations to tell me about in a recent e-mail.  Read more ...

Idling car can turn into a deathtrap

An idling car can turn into a gas chamber when it is surrounded by snow banks, especially when snow is piled up around the car's tailpipe. Instead of escaping into the atmosphere, exhaust fumes tend to concentrate under the car's chassis, where they can enter the heating system or cracks in the body.  Read more ...

A long ride back from a weekend on the slopes

Leave it to a 15-year-old boy to put things in perspective after a record-breaking snowstorm.  Read more ...

Family mourns young mechanic

Glendon William Bell Jr. loved fixing old cars and talking with mechanics far more than playing sports or seeking mischief. If that made the Mount Airy boy an atypical 12-year-old, family members said, it only made him more endearing to his father and uncles, all mechanics.  Read more ...

Digging out

Maryland endures worst winter storm in 81 years

The state's worst winter storm in 81 years left Marylanders with sore backs and aching muscles yesterday as they began the arduous task of digging out from beneath mounds of snow that collapsed rooftops, snarled roads, stranded hundreds of travelers and was blamed for at least three storm-related deaths.  Read more ...

SUV drivers put pedals to mettle

A half-dozen shiny big SUVs were lined up outside St. Joseph Medical Center yesterday morning, their volunteer drivers proving to the world that they are nothing like the arrogant, self-centered, fuel-squandering ignoramuses of stereotype.  Read more ...

Local schools struggle with lost class time due to storm

As students stayed home from school today and maintenance crews continued to chip away at the monumental task of clearing snow-clogged school grounds, some school officials worried about whether the loss of class time this week would leave students unprepared for coming state exams.  Read more ...

4 feet, but in snowy Garrett, who's counting?

Garrett County residents took the weekend's storm in stride - despite what is believed to be a record-setting 4 feet of snow.  Read more ...

Even emergency crews left in a bind

The Reisterstown Volunteer Fire Department ambulance was stuck in a 3-foot snowdrift on an entrance ramp to Interstate 795 yesterday, paramedics frantically trying to push it out of its rut as they treated an 87-year-old woman suffering a heart attack.  Read more ...

Blanket snow coverage by news crews becomes mostly background noise

Early yesterday afternoon, WJZ-TV anchor Sally Thorner, posed this penetrating question: "Remember when a couple of inches of snow would have been our lead story?"  Read more ...

Along with a ton of snow, storm brings a brief respite

AS THE STATE copes with its worst snowfall since 1922, a moment comes to mind from the years when I did a little work at one of our local television stations, where the slightest precipitation could lead to hours of viewers transfixed by their sets and, presumably, higher ratings if the warnings of disaster ahead were sold dramatically enough.  Read more ...

By Dennis O'Brien

How salt clears and ruins roads

It is one of the most abundant substances on Earth, was once used as currency and costs politicians their jobs if there isn't enough.  Read more ...

As snowfall begins to melt, flood dangers become concern

Now that the snow has stopped falling, weather forecasters are looking ahead warily at the danger of flooding as temperatures begin to rise and rain approaches later in the week.  Read more ...

Storm can be traced to Pacific rains

The three-day Presidents Day weekend storm in Maryland had its origins in a Pacific rainstorm that soaked the Los Angeles area with torrential rains, then crossed the country and collided with stubborn arctic air entrenched across the Northeast.  Read more ...

City keeps round-the-clock storm vigil

Tucked inside a nondescript brick building alongside the Jones Falls Expressway is the heart of Baltimore's efforts to battle the snow's assault on city streets - the Transportation Emergency Operations Center.  Read more ...

City, county firefighters battle blazes amid snow

Firefighters in the city and Baltimore County battled residential fires in the midst of yesterday's snowstorm. One of the fires was an apartment blaze in Cockeysville that left a man dead and displaced 26 people, authorities reported.  Read more ...

30 questions for all stuck at home on a winter's day

IWOULD LIKE to start off today's column by thanking all the intrepid men and women involved in the production and delivery of today's newspaper. If you can read this -- and I don't mean online through Baltimoresun.com -- hug your carrier. I would further like to thank the three guys who stopped in the middle of my street yesterday at noon to give my snow-stuck motor vehicle a push into a position out of the way of traffic and the city snowplow that will -- in my dreams -- make it down my street some day this month. Good snows make good neighbors.  Read more ...

Inmate disappears in Baltimore County

Amid a snowfall heavy enough to quickly bury footprints, an inmate awaiting trial on robbery and kidnapping charges disappeared yesterday from a work detail at the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, county police said in an appeal for help in finding the man.  Read more ...

Storms stretch from Mo. to N.J.

One of the East's worst storms of the season blew heavy snow along the Ohio Valley and into the mid-Atlantic states yesterday, shutting down two major airports and canceling church services. More than 3 feet of snow was possible in the mountains, and other areas had floods and mudslides.  Read more ...

School board weighs options for makeup days due to snow

Harford County students who celebrated the announcements of school closing because of snow or ice may find themselves in class when the air conditioners are straining to keep temperatures in check.  Read more ...

3-Day Forecast

Thursday
Partly cloudy
74° | 61°
Friday
Partly cloudy
72° | 55°
Saturday
Partly cloudy
81° | 61°

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