Today in History: Spring Snowstorm hit New York

It was April 6, 1982, but the weather showed no regard for the calendar.

Instead of waking up to a mild, sunny Tuesday, residents of the tristate area were surprised to find themselves trapped in a winter wonderland -- the spring blizzard of 1982 was upon them.

The punishing storm, punctuated by thunder and high winds, bedeviled traffic on New York City streets and country roads, sent schoolchildren and office workers home early, canceled legislative sessions and elections and quite literally nipped spring in the bud.

In the end, the city set cold and snow records, with almost 10 inches falling in Central Park, but some areas received considerably more. And like most late-season storms, the snow arrived almost as quickly as it vanished.

Credit ABC7NY

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