Horror 1966 snow storm killed 201 people who froze and burnt to death

At least 201 people were killed in a blizzard so cold that people died from the very fires they were forced to light for warmth.

The Blizzard of 1966 was felt by most of the United States' Atlantic coast but it was at its deadliest in the north. It also froze Canada's easterly provinces.

Between January 26 and 29, millions were blasted with icy winds and heavy snowfall which piled up 8ft 5in high in some regions.

Within those few days, the weather brought death and destruction with dozens tragically dying from a range of accidents triggered by the snow storm.

Of the fatalities, 31 froze to death as a result of the freakish low temperatures and 46 more died from fires they lit in an attempt to combat the extreme chill at home.

Dozens more died by the time the storm let up on Wednesday February 2.

Causes of death included heart attacks brought about by the strain of shovelling snow or pushing cars and traffic accidents which tragically ended with fatalities.

Ice on the roads also proved treacherous as motorists struggled to keep control of their vehicles skidding across the tarmac.

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New York did not escape the brutally harsh effects of the blizzard which hit the state from the north east.

The city of Oswego on the edge of Lake Ontario opposite Toronto suffered particularly badly from the unforgiving conditions.

A heavy "wraparound" lake effect was created by winds blowing at more than 60mph and the staggering snowfall brought the city to an absolute standstill.

The blizzard of 1966 saw the most snowfall in a single storm in Oswego for 40 years until 2007's Lake Effect snow storm.

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Half of the snow plummeted down on the blizzard's final day, according to reports, and elsewhere 50 inches fell in Camden, New York over the same 24 hours.

Schools were closed for the entire week as drifts caused two story houses to become buried in the white stuff.

The extreme weather wreaked havoc all the way down America's east coast as far as the capital.

Workers in Washington D.C. were told not to risk anything by coming into work on January 31 while international airports were closed from Boston to Washington.

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