It’s cold, wet, and miserable and it seems like this snow will never stop falling here in Washington. But I can’t even imagine dealing with four times this amount of snow without central heat, snowplows, and insulated gloves. When the legendary Blizzard of 1888 paralyzed the East Coast, Washington was not only shut down but isolated for days as telephone and telegraph lines snapped. New York City was hit even harder. As this video shows, over 200 people died in that city alone- some literally buried in snowdrifts. Even de Blasio would have shut schools for that one.

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