3. The Great Arctic Outbreak of February 1899
Southern states may get a bit of snow here and there, but they’re never truly ready for the type of blizzard that primarily hits the upper Midwest and the Great Plains. However, in February 1899; Florida, Louisiana, and Washington D.C. were hit by a cold wave that later became known as The Great Arctic Outbreak. The bitter, chilly temperatures dropped to alarming rates across the country, with D.C. recording a low of −8°F. By the time the blizzard had passed, 30 inches of snow was recorded, and over 100 people lost their lives.