Winter Is Here! Let It Snow!


As winter arrives, here are some interesting facts about winter and the worst storms to hit the New York area. Stay warm!

  1. February 12, 2006
    The North American Blizzard of 2006 hit East Coast cities from Baltimore to Boston with enough winter weather to cancel school for days, but few places got more than the Big Apple. A full 26.9 inches dumped on NYC, the highest snowfall ever counted by government records.
  2. January 23-24, 2016
    Winter Storm Jonas, Snowzilla, whatever other hashtag you decided to use—the January 2016 blizzard was enough of a monster to force 11 governors and the Washington, D.C., mayor to call a state of emergency leading up to storm. Travel was banned in New York and New Jersey for two days, and 26.8 inches fell in the city, just a tenth of an inch short of the record.  
    3. December 26, 1947
    A white Christmas might be a dream, but this Boxing Day storm was a nightmare. The Great Blizzard of 1947 left many people stranded with diminished food supplies and no coal for heat for days. It killed 77 people. A then-record, 26.4 inches, was measured in Central Park.
  3. March 11-14, 1888
    Known as The Great White Hurricane, the blizzard of 1888 affected towns from as far south as Chesapeake Bay to the northern reaches of Maine. Railways and telegraph lines went down in the storm as 50-foot snow drifts forced people to stay inside their homes. While some areas received a full 60 inches, New York City got off more mildly with a still-devastating 22 inches.
  4. February 25, 2010
    February 2010 was an insane time for snow in the Mid-Atlantic region. Earlier in the month, Snowmaggedon crippled Washington, D.C., and Maryland, but there was just a sprinkling in New York. Then, on February 25, Gotham got its own Snowicane, a nor’easter that dropped 20.9 inches on our fair city.
  5. Jan 7-8, 1996
    Millennials who grew up in the Mid-Atlantic region probably remember this storm as the perfect snow week, as schools were closed for several days in the Blizzard of 1996’s aftermath. Though New York City proper suffered a whopping 20.2 inches, commuters living in nearby burbs were slammed with up to 30 inches.