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January 27, 2007|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

The greatest snowstorm ever recorded in Virginia and Maryland began on this date in 1772, piling up 30 to 36 inches. Meteorologists call it the "Washington and Jefferson Snowstorm" because both future presidents noted it in their diaries. On the 27th, George Washington wrote, the snow "kept constantly at it the whole day, with the wind hard and cold from the northward." It continued on the 28th "with equal violence, the wind ... drifting the snow into high banks." Travel halted for two weeks, postal service for five.

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