Winter records: 11 below? 2.8 feet of snow?

On Jan. 19, 1994, one of the coldest days on record in Philadelphia, a Coast Guard vessel had to cut through ice on the Delaware River near the Ben Franklin Bridge. (MICHAEL WIRTZ / Staff Photographer)

This winter has been one of the worst ever, setting records for most six-inch snowfalls (four) and Peco winter power outages (715,000), while dumping more snow than all but two other seasons.

But winter and misery have long been soulmates, as a rundown of local records proves.

It's hard to imagine 11 below in Philadelphia, 15 straight days without a moment above freezing, snow in late April,  freezing temperatures in May. Our slideshow shows just how brutal -- and occasionally gentle -- Old Man Winter can be.

See also "Worst winter ever?"

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