Cold spell depleted Triple Cities’ gas supplies

It was cold in late January and early February 1948. I mean, it was really cold back then. Not the normal 10 or 20 degrees above zero. No, I mean, it was 26 below zero in Walton on January 31st of this year. It’s cold now. It was a deep, long cold snap that hit this area.

But that’s not the story. It’s just part of it. Not only did this cold snap hit our area, parts of western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, and also in West Virginia were also gripped by a deep chill. While this cold was certainly felt by millions of people, it had a secondary and worse effect. It caused a crisis that lasted more than four days and affected thousands of people in that area.