BOSTON (CBS) — The Blizzard 2022 is official. Boston received 23.5 inches of snow Saturday at Logan Airport, making January 29, 2022 the second-largest January storm on record for the city. It is now the seventh-largest all-time snowstorm in Boston’s recorded history.

The record is still 27.6 inches set in February 2003.

Our first blizzard in four years was officially verified late Saturday afternoon by the National Weather Service in Boston and several other areas of Massachusetts including Worcester, Beverly, Hyannis, Marshfield and Martha’s Vineyard.

It was also a blizzard in Providence, Westerly, Newport and Block Island in Rhode Island.

That’s not to say a blizzard hasn’t happened in other places, it certainly has. These are just the places where the National Weather Service has official recording stations (known as ASOS) that record blizzard conditions.

To qualify, you must record visibilities at or below a quarter mile of falling or blowing snow as well as frequent wind gusts of 35 mph or more. And, all of this must happen for at least three consecutive hours.

(WBZ-TV Chart)

Many NWS stations have stopped reporting a storm (probably blown). If that hadn’t happened we might have recorded an official blizzard in Chatham, Falmouth, Provincetown and Smithfield, Rhode Island as well.


Although we didn’t break any of the big records in Boston, this storm has its place in the record books:

  • Record snowfall for January 29. The old record was 3.7 inches in 1928 (a bit lame, I know)
  • Second largest January snowstorm in Boston history. This was just before the January 27, 2015 storm that dropped 24.6 inches.
  • Seventh largest snowstorm of all time (of all months) in Boston. He was 4.1 inches from the 27.6 inches he fell in February 2003, the top dog on the list.
  • At 35.9 inches this month, January 2022 will enter the books to tie with January 1978 for the fourth snowiest January on record.

(WBZ-TV Chart)

Boston now sits at 36.3 inches for the season, more than a foot above average snow to date. This winter has been absolutely insane – 97% of the total snowfall for the entire season fell on two days, January 7 and January 29.

Breaking it down even further, we could say that 97% of our snowfall this season in Boston fell in about 15 hours! Incredible!


The jackpot with this storm was just south of Boston thanks to a heavy band of semi-stationary snow that fell 1 to 3 inches per hour for most of the day. Places like Sharon, Whitman, Rockland and Norton all received over two feet of snow, with some exceeding the 30 inch mark! Not to be outdone, the North Shore also recorded huge totals. Swampscott and Danvers were among several towns north of Boston that ended up with more than 2 feet of snow.


So where do we go from here?

Fortunately, we have several days to catch our breath. It will be cold for the next few days, but bright and dry. We start to heat things up mid-week, we should enter the 40s on Wednesday and Thursday. As for Friday, well, that’s another blog for another day. Let’s just say we COULD be looking at ice or snow. I don’t know about you but I need some time to catch my breath before I start breaking down the next one!