1910 Ohio Statewide Snowstorm
Snow began in Ohio late on February 16 and continued for two days. Most of Ohio received 10 to 20 inches and winds of 40 mph created drifts 10 feet deep. The Columbus Dispatch called this the “heaviest snowstorm in the history of the state.” Single-storm records of 11 inches at Cincinnati and 15.3 inches at Columbus stood until the 1970s. This storm also made February 1910 the snowiest month on record in Dayton with 31.6 inches, Cleveland 30.5 inches, and Columbus 29.2 inches. Among the deeper snowfalls measured during this storm were 25 inches at Urbana and 20 to 22 inches at Canton and Marion. The Columbus Dispatch reported, “Still the old gray-whiskers say ‘Winters ain’t what they used to be when I was a boy.’”
Transportation was crippled throughout Ohio. Streetcar sweepers attempted to keep the tracks clear of snow but could not keep up with the accumulation. Interurban traffic was stuck in rural drifts. Trains were running more than 12 hours late and many were abandoned after becoming mired in drifts. Schools were closed in most counties and mail delivery canceled. Dozens of buildings collapsed under the weight of the snow, mostly older or poorly constructed structures such as service garages, livery stables, sheds, and barns.
- Schmidlin, Thomas W. and Schmidlin, Jeanne A. Thunder in the Heartland: A Chronicle of Outstanding Weather Events in Ohio. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1996.