Notable Snow Storms

What was winter weather like in Ridgefield in decades and centuries past? A synopsis of memorable storms over almost 2 centuries.
Main Street, Ridgefield, CT during November 1933 snowstorm


Snow storms, notable

Jan. 18-19, 1857
Blizzard with -7 low temperature shuts down the town with huge drifts; snow in some places in the county was 10 feet deep [Diary of Anna Resseguie (DAR)].
March 21-22, 1861
Snow drifts “10 feet high in some places” from a storm. [DAR]
Jan. 18, 1867
A huge snowstorm with 11-foot drifts shuts down town for two days. [DAR]
Easter Sunday, April 4, 1915
Called by Press “worst storm of the season” [Ridgefield Press 4/6/1915].
Oct. 10, 1925
An early “blizzard.”
Main Street, Ridgefield, CT during November 1933 snowstorm
Main Street, Ridgefield, CT during a November 1933 snowstorm
February 19-21, 1934
Called by Jennie Holmes the “biggest snowfall ever in Ridgefield” [Dick’s Dispatch #85]. [See Dick’s Dispatch #90, 91 for details.]
Dec. 28, 1947
Drifts reached 11 feet [Dick’s Dispatch #85].
1947 snowstorm - Ridgefield center, looking north
1947 snowstorm – Ridgefield center, looking north
Feb. 9 and 10, 1969
Over 20 inches fell, winds of up to 50 mph, called the worst snowstorm in 20 years.
Oct. 10, 1979
6 inches fell, unusually early, much damage to trees and power lines.
Feb. 11, 1983
In only 12 hours, nearly two feet of snow fell, one of the fastest accumulations on record.
Oct. 4, 1987
A surprise storm drops three inches of heavy wet snow on trees that have all their leaves, and with wind gusting to 40 mph, many break; 83% of town lost power, some sections for many days [Ridgefield Press 10/8/1987].
Oct. 29, 2011
Called “Snowtober,” caused cancellation of Halloween in town (cancelled also next year by Hurricane Sandy, same date).

More Historical Nuggets

First Pride Day, 1998

FIRST ‘PRIDE’ DAY: “A Celebration of Community: Straight, Gay and Lesbian“ took place in 1998, on the Community Center lawn. Just a year later, a Rainbow Flag was flown for the first time in the nation over a state capitol, Hartford, on March 21, 1999.

Hezekiah Scott (1789-1879)

Hezekiah Scott was a weaver and operated a distillery on the brook near his home on Barlow Mountain Road — a stream now called Kiah’s Brook.


The first road paving, part of a state experiment, was done on the eastern end of Branchville Road around 1912. Catoonah Street was paved in 1922.