The killer blizzard that forced New Yorkers to stay home amid a city-wide travel ban will go down as one of the city’s worst snowstorms in history.
At least 18 people were killed as the blizzard pummeled the East Coast Friday and Saturday, blanketing the region with near-record breaking levels of 26.8 inches in Central Park.
The blizzard was 0.1″ short of becoming the city’s worst snowstorm — but after the snowfall total in Central Park didn’t increase after midnight, the snowstorm will rank as the second largest in the city’s history, according to the National Weather Service.
Saturday’s snow total ousts records laid in 1888, 1947, 1996 and 2010, but not an epic Nor’easter that dumped more than two feet of snow in February 2006.
Here’s a look at the snowiest storms to wreak havoc on the Big Apple, according to government records:
1. FEBRUARY 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. JANUARY 2016
Forecasts predicting a crippling blizzard warned New Yorkers nearly a week in advance before the storm finally dumped a record 26.8 inches of powder on New York City. The storm’s heavy snowfall killed three people in Queens and Staten Island, who died while shoveling snow.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Honorable Mention: 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.