In 1958, Baltimore’s March 19-21 storm began innocently with a wet snow.
Soon live electrical wires were being pulled down by the weight of the heavy, freezing snow. Families lost power. Newspaper photographers shot scenes of families baking potatoes in fireplaces.
Baltimore, Harford and Cecil counties were inundated with the nasty weather.
A shed collapsed and killed Charles C. Cook, a dairy farmer in Baldwin. The Sun reported that heavy, watery snow, 2-feet deep, slid off the main barn roof onto the ancillary structure. The paper also reported that his neighbors dug toward the sound of voices at the farm. The elder Cook died, but his son survived.
The storm brought Baltimore’s streetcar and bus fleet to a stop. Lines of stranded streetcars filled Belair Road. Parts of Harford County remained without power for weeks.