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And Now, Let’s Take a Look Back at the 10 Biggest Snowstorms in NYC History

Will the Blizzard of 2015 join their ranks? Maybe!

Well, the Blizzard of 2015 is officially upon us! As you are no doubt aware, Mayor de Blasio has said that we are “most likely” in for “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city,” with forecasters expecting 20 to 30 inches of snow to drop on New York tonight and tomorrow morning. Of course, we won’t know for sure if this is, in fact, a record-setting snowfall until sometime on Tuesday, which is probably starting to feel pretty far off as you settle in on the couch with your milk and bread and power-outage-related fears. Let’s take this opportunity to look at some nice photos of the extreme winter wonderlands created by New York City’s ten biggest snowstorms (so far). It’s not like you have anywhere to be. 

February 11–12, 2006 (26.9 inches)

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

December 26–27, 1947 (25.8 inches)

Photo: Corbis

March 12–14, 1888 (21 inches)

Photo: Corbis

February 25–26, 2010 (20.9 inches)

Photo: Storms Media Group/Corbis

January 7–8, 1996 (20.2 inches)


December 26–27, 2010 (20 inches)

Photo: PETER FOLEY/Corbis

February 16–17, 2003 (19.8 inches)

Photo: GREGORY BULL/Corbis

January 26–27, 2011 (19 inches)

Photo: Andrew Gombert/EPA/Corbis

January 22–24, 1935 (18.1 inches)

Photo: Imagno/Getty Images

March 7–8, 1941 (18.1 inches)

Photo: New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images
A Look Back at NYC’s 10 Biggest Snowstorms