In 1980, the circus and a blizzard came to town

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 1, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 1 at 6:27 PM

NORFOLK -- The circus came to town 30 years ago today and not far behind came a blizzard.

In all, nearly 14 inches of snow fell on Norfolk – the most since 1892.

Gale force winds created snow drifts eight-feet high in some areas. Cars were abandoned in the middle of the streets and snow covered them.

At 5:30 p.m., the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake imposed a curfew, banning all traffic.

2,300 people attending the afternoon Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey show were forced to stay the night at Norfolk Scope and Chrysler Hall.

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