Your memories of Richmond’s blizzard of 1996

See what our readers had to say about their experiences during the historic storm


Mary Jane and David D. got married at St. John’s United Church of Christ during the 1996 storm.

Photos courtesy of Cece D.

Earlier this week, we remembered one of Richmond’s most historic snowstorms, the January 1996 blizzard that dropped a foot of snow on the River City. We asked our readers for their memories of the storm and, as usual, you didn’t disappoint.

“I personally don’t have any, but my parents got married in Richmond during the January 1996 blizzard. We can never remember the exact date of the wedding because it had to be moved (it was either the 7th or the 8th), [but] ironically more people from out of town were able to make it because they were staying in nearby hotels, as opposed to their Richmond-area friends, who were snowed in!” — Cece D.

“Having recently migrated from Texas, I was not ready for snow removal, especially in the Fan [...] by the following week, my Taurus was blocked in by a drifts of plowed snow on Meadow St. I had to use a nine-iron to chip away at it for half a day but finally got out!” — Miles M.

“It was awesome! I was 7 years old. My two older brothers and I were able to go sledding for real. We built a legit igloo that the three of us could sit inside. We played in the snow for a week.” — Caroline A.

“I had just finished graduate school at VCU in December of 1995. I remember that snowstorm in 1996 and was driving my 1970 Saab home thinking this snow stuff wasn’t so bad. I nearly missed my turn to go home and braked very suddenly. Of course, my car slid on the snowy Cary Street Road straight into a fire hydrant! The owner of Chiocca’s was the first to stop and help me. He had a shovel in his car and began to pry my bumper from the fire hydrant.” — Christine W.

“I lived in the Shenandoah Valley and we got about 3 feet of snow. My son was 4 years old and he loved the igloo we made for him!” — Trish L.

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