New Jersey’s Biggest Christmas Snowstorm Ever Turned the State Into a Winter Wonderland

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team





It’s not every year that New Jersey gets to experience a picturesque “White Christmas.” Snowfall on December 25th is a rare treat in the Garden State. However, there’s one exceptional event that stands out: the Great Blizzard of 1947.

This remarkable snowstorm kicked off on Christmas Day and made its way across the Northeastern United States, including New Jersey. While it wasn’t accompanied by strong winds, the rate of snowfall was truly extraordinary.

At its peak, snow was coming down at an impressive rate of three inches per hour, turning New Jersey into a magical winter wonderland. In some areas, snowdrifts piled up to an impressive four feet tall!

While many folks remember the Blizzard of ’47 vividly, not everyone recalls the snowfall on that particular Christmas Day. Even my mom, who was nine years old at the time, doesn’t have memories of the snow.

Between December 26th and 27th of 1947, New Jersey witnessed an astounding amount of snowfall. In just 24 hours, an incredible 29.7 inches of snow covered the state. This snowfall record remains unbeaten to this day, making it the largest single-day snow accumulation in New Jersey’s history.

Despite other snowstorms occurring around the Christmas period in the following years, none have quite matched the sheer magnitude of the Blizzard of ’47. Here’s a glimpse at some noteworthy snowfall events in different parts of New Jersey:

Newark, New Jersey Area

  • December 26, 1947 – 25.9 inches
  • December 26, 2010 – 17.7 inches
  • December 26, 1933 – 8.0 inches

New Brunswick, New Jersey Area

  • December 24, 1912 – 12.0 inches
  • December 26, 1947 – 12.2 inches
  • December 27, 2010 – 19.5 inches
  • December 26, 1909 – 12.0 inches

Atlantic City Region

  • December 26, 2010 – 18.4 inches
  • December 24, 1966 – 6.4 inches

While these snowstorms have left their mark, none can quite measure up to the sheer intensity of the Blizzard of 1947, which proudly holds the title for the most significant Christmas snowstorm in New Jersey’s history.

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