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In 2011...

A wild winter became even more so, when a monstrous winter storm of "Mega Disasters" material went on a 5 day rampage from New Mexico and North Texas, to New England and Nova Scotia. The colossal cyclone produced nearly every type of severe weather, from blizzards and ice storms, to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Most of these areas received 1 to 2 feet of snow. 30 to 40 mph winds, that occasionally gusted to around 60 mph, produced a blizzard from Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas, across the Mid-Mississippi Valley, to New York and Massachusetts. Greatly amplifying the situation was that, prior to the cyclone's arrival, many areas were ravaged by an ice storm that produced around 1 inch of glaze from the Midwest to New England. The winter weather was so violent, that thunderstorms produced heavy snow over several areas, including Dallas and Chicago. In all, 24 people were killed, and damage was expected to reach $3.9 billion. Some of the damage resulted from roofs that col lapsed from the heavy ice and snow.

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