New York City’s winters aren’t to be taken lightly. Winter of 2015 amounted to one of the largest snowstorms that this city has ever seen. We decided to take a look at the snowstorms that give NYC winters their reputation. Below are the top five biggest winters and how they looked on the ground.
February 11–12, 2006 (26.9 inches)
In 2006, the North American Blizzard dumped heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Major cities received at least a foot of snow and New York City got the brunt of the storm. New York City saw the largest amount of snowfall of 26.9 inches, the most since at least 1869.
January 2016 (26.8 inches)
The January storm wasn’t expected to be as massive as it was. Surprisingly enough, the rapid snowfall killed three people in Queens and Staten Island. Ultimately, New York City recorded 26.8 inches of snow that weekend. Forceful winds were a driving force behind the lasting impact of the storm.
December 26–27, 1947 (25.8 inches)
The third largest blizzard dropped 25.8 inches on New York City in just over two days. The harsh storm fell heavy and it wasted no time sticking to the ground. The storm killed at least 77 people and you can imagine how impactful it was during 1947.
March 11-14, 1888 (21 inches)
New York has been seeing destructive snowfall since as early as 1888. The four-day blizzard put the city in a frenzy and left over 200 locals dead. Through March 11-14, 21 inches of snow fell among New York City, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Winds were blowing at 70 miles per hour and travel operations were brought a cease.
The city couldn’t function through such a massive storm. Trains were even brought to a halt with passengers still onboard.
February 25–26, 2010 (20.9 inches)
Titled as the fierce “snowicane”, the NYC snowstorm of 2010 brought the city 20.9 inches of snow. The snowfall traveled through above-freezing temperatures, leaving a slush mixture of rain and snow which can be just as difficult to deal with. Strong winds added an additional element that made the snowicane more of a disruption among New York City streets.
The list of historic NYC winters is monstrous. The phrase “white winter” may have even originated here. Have you had to deal with any of the snowstorms above? If so, let us know how you coped