Take a look back at the Blizzard of 1947, which held New York City's snowfall record for almost 60 years

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Take a look back at the Blizzard of 1947, which held New York City's snowfall record for almost 60 years
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 27: Daily News back page headline Saturday, December 27, 1947 , TRAINS AND AUTOS STALLED, Frozen Artery, Snow Chokes the Lincoln Tunnel, 1947 Snowstorm (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 26: El train stalled on Third Ave. at 42nd St., after a snowstorm brought the city to a virtual standstill. (Photo by Art Whittaker/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 27: Betty Lou and brother Patrick O'Connor attempt to dig out their father's car out of the snow with toy shovels on 29th St. and Second Ave. after snow storm blankets city. (Photo by Walter Kelleher/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 1947: City sidewalk piled with snow after blizzard. (Photo by Andreas Feininger/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 26: Snowed in Daily News employees bed down in make-shift dormitory during blizzard. (Photo by Leroy Jakob/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 27: Long Island Rail Road workers begin to clear tracks in Rockaway Park, where trains have not moved for a day after a snow storm. (Photo by Ed Clarity/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1947: 1947 Snowstorm in the Bronx (Photo by NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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By ANDREW TAVANI

Weather forecasters and government officials have warned citizens from New Jersey to Maine about a "crippling" and "potentially historic" blizzard that's poised to blast the Northeastern U.S. On Sunday, as the #Blizzardof2015 hashtag began circulating on Twitter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "This could be a storm the likes of which we have never seen before."

With that in mind, take a look back at a handful of photos from the Blizzard of 1947 that have survived through the years. The storm buried New York City in late December of that year, dumping 26.4 inches of snow on the Big Apple. The blizzard held the city's snowfall record for 59 years until a February 2006 snowstorm eclipsed that record with a 26.9-inch snowfall, according to New York City weather records.

See front page coverage of the New York Daily News edition the following day and its 'Trains and Autos Stalled' headline. The storm paralyzed the city, stranding cars and buses in the middle of streets and claimed 77 lives, according to New York City's website. Some of those dramatic scenes are depicted in the slide show above.

U.S. Braced for 'Historic Blizzard'


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