The killer blizzard that forced New York to ban road travel and halt some train service Saturday could go down as one of the five worst snowstorms in New York City history.
The storm, which killed at least 12 people as it traveled up the East Coast Friday, could blanket the region with 20 to 25 inches. The blizzard needs to drop 20.3 inches to unseat the current No. 5 biggest storm.
Here’s a look at the snowiest storms to wreak havoc on the Big Apple, according to government records:
1. FEBURARY 2006
New York City’s biggest snowfall on record hit on Feb. 11, 2006, dumping 26.9 inches of powder on the city over two days. The Nor’easter, which affected 13 other states as it plowed through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forced New York officials to cancel flights and rail service.
Despite the historic snowfall, no fatalities were reported.
2. DECEMBER 1947
The second largest blizzard killed at least 77 people when it stuck on Dec. 26, 1947. The paralyzing storm lasted for two days and dropped 25.8 inches on Central Park.
The blizzard buried the city’s cars, leaving drivers stranded, and stalled train travel across the region.
3. MARCH 1888
A four-day blizzard that hit late in the winter of 1888 threw the city into chaos and killed more than 200 people in New York City. The March 11-14 storm brought 21 inches of snow to the city and pummeled New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut as well.
Accumulation and winds blowing more than 70 miles per hour stopped taxis and horse-drawn carriage operations and caused to a locomotive to derail, leaving passengers stranded on elevated tracks in freezing cars.
4. FEBRUARY 2010
A fierce “snowicane” ripped through New York City on Feb. 25, 2010, bringing 20.9 inches of snow with it.
Above-freezing temperatures brought a slushy mixture of snow and rain, and strong winds caused falling branches that killed a Brooklyn dad in Central Park.
5. JANUARY 1996
The monster blizzard of ’96 coated the city with 20.2 inches of snow on Jan. 7-8, 1996. The storm — which reportedly killed dozens of people — closed schools and forced Broadway to cancel shows.
The region was left with a whopping $1 billion in damage from Washington to Boston.
With News Wire Services