A major snow storm hit much of the eastern United States 154 years ago on this date. The great cold storm swept across nearly all of the Atlantic Seaboard. Snowfall totals of 12 inches were common and gales caused shipwrecks and damage property on islands. Temperatures hovered near zero from Virginia northward up the coast. Very high drifts of snow blocked transportation. Richmond, Virginia was cut off from Washington, DC for a week.