LOOK BACK: The 2004 Christmas snowstorm that buried the Miami Valley

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Fifteen years ago, the Miami Valley experienced one of the worst winter storms in its history.

Starting Dec. 22, 2004, what has become known as the “Christmas snowstorm of 2004” blew through the region and buried the area.

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December 24, 2004 News-Sun/Marshall Gorby SLUG:snsSnowB122404mg.jpg People still try to dig themselves out on Superior Avenue Friday morning after the record breaking snow that began Wednesday.

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People still try to dig themselves out on Superior Avenue Friday morning after the record breaking snow that began Wednesday.

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December 24, 2004 News-Sun/Marshall Gorby SLUG:snsSnowB122404mg.jpg People still try to dig themselves out on Superior Avenue Friday morning after the record breaking snow that began Wednesday.

In the course of several days, more than 16 inches of snow was recorded at Dayton International Airport, which broke the previous single-storm record of 12.9 inches during the Blizzard of ‘78.

RELATED: Christmas snowstorm 2004 by the numbers

Highways were clogged, cars were hidden in snow and residents were kept at home in some cases because of the massive precipitation.

PHOTOS: What the Christmas snowstorm of 2004 looked like

ExploreDecember 23, 2004 News-Sun/Marshall Gorby SLUG:snsDigOutE122304mg.jpg A New Carlisle snowplow takes care of Main Street early Thursday morning after a record snow fall.

The temperature dropped to minus-10 degrees by Christmas morning, and winds blew up to 36 miles per hour during the course of those days.

COVERAGE: Front pages of the Dayton Daily News during the storm