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During the winter of 1917-1918 in Eastern North Carolina, the waters from the Great Dismal Swamp to the Outer Banks froze over, in some places a foot thick. Boats, people and animals were trapped in the paralyzing cold and all they could do was wait and hope for the thaw.
In early January 1918, a snow storm passed through the Outer Banks, bringing plummeting temperatures. In turn, Bogue Sound froze over for the first time in remembered history. A slab of ice three inches thick covered the water and the boats. A local resident recalled that the ice was thick enough to cross the sound over to Bogue Banks. Several families did push their skiffs across, in case of ice breakage. Another group of residents was stranded in their boat out on the frozen water. They eventually abandoned the vessel and successfully crossed the ice. While low temperatures still occur, there has not been another big freeze of Sound waters since 1918.