With blizzard Nemo bearing down on New York City and the northeastern United States, it’s worth looking at some of the more devastating snowstorms to hit the region. See our other articles here: * New York City Blizzard: Live Nemo Updates * Rockaway Residents Preparing for Blizzard Nemo * Nemo Finds New York; Brace for Winter Storm *
1) The Big Snow of ‘47:
This storm for years held the record of being the largest snowstorm to hit New York City ever. The storm, which hit in late December 1947, dumped some 26.7 inches of snow in Central Park in two days’ time. It was also one of the deadliest blizzards, killing 77 people.
2) Blizzard of 1899:
This storm ravaged the East Coast, starting in Florida and ending up in the northeastern U.S., dumping historic amounts of snow in some areas. Washington D.C. received 20 inches in a single day and parts of New Jersey got 34 inches, which is still a record.
3) Blizzard of 2003, or Presidents’ Day Storm II:
This blizzard took place in February, dumping heavy snow across the Northeast United States. Cities between Washington, D.C., and Boston were covered in 15 inches to 30 inches of snow, paralyzing them, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Two deaths were recorded.
4) Blizzard of ‘78:
Thirty-five years ago, this historic nor’easter storm sent blizzard conditions to New England and Metropolitan New York beginning in February 1978, dumping 27.1 inches on Boston and 20.1 inches on Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm killed around 100 people, injured 4,500, and caused more than $500 million in damages.
5) Blizzard of ’96:
Large quantities of snow began dumping on the East Coast in early January. New York City’s Central Park recorded more than 20 inches of snow and at the time, it was the fourth-largest amount that was accumulated since 1869. Other boroughs and nearby areas got as many as 30 inches of snow.
With winds of more than 50 miles per hour, the blizzard caused mass power outages around New York. Dozens of people were killed around the Northeastern U.S.