New York City rarely gets extreme blizzards. But they received one this year. The Blizzard history for New York City is as follows: this year 2010. Some places were forecast to receive as much as 30 inches of snow overall.
Blizzard of 2006
Record-breaking snowfall blanketed New York City on February 11 and 12, 2006. Measurements taken in Central Park showed that 26.9 inches had accumulated by the storm’s end. The snow fell for over 24 hours, and meteorologists classified the storm as a nor’easter with winds about 20-30 mph.
President’s Day Storm 2003
Nearly two feet of snow blanketed the New York City area following the President’s Day storm of Feb. 17, 2003, which claimed 42 lives nationwide, stranded thousands of travelers, and cost the City $20 million.
Blizzard of 1996
Dumping more than 20 inches of snow in Central Park, the blizzard of Jan. 7-8, 1996, marked the second biggest snowstorm in New York City history. With winds gusting to more than 50 miles an hour, the powerful nor’easter caused widespread power outages, scores of fatalities and $1 billion in damages from Washington, D.C. to Boston.
Blizzard of 1947
Dropping 26.4 inches of snow in Central Park, the blizzard of 1947 still holds rank as the biggest snowstorm in New York City history. As moisture in the Gulf Stream fed the storm’s energy, the City was paralyzed when the blizzard barreled its way through, stranding cars and buses in the streets, halting subway service, and claiming 77 lives.
Blizzard of 1888
With 21 inches of snow falling over a two-day period — the third largest accumulation on record — the blizzard of 1888 hit New York City by surprise at the end of a warm March day. As two storms, one approaching from the south and one from the north, met over the City, heavy precipitation and winds gusting up to almost 75 mph resulted in snowdrifts up to 30 feet high. Roads and highways were blocked, steam train service was suspended, horse-drawn streetcars and taxis halted operations, and ships docked in New York’s harbor.
New York blizzard 2010 pictures.
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