10 of the worst snowstorms in history

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By: Josh King/Buzz60

The world has seen some pretty big snowstorms over the years. But have you ever wondered which ones top the list?

Meteorologists developed the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale that takes into account a variety of factors that ranks certain storms far worse than others.

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10 of the biggest snowstorms in history
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10 of the biggest snowstorms in history

10. The Blizzard of 1888

This storm was so massive it became a historical event and caused over 400 deaths. This view made during the blizzard of shows New Yorkers hiking across the bridge after being forced to leave their train when it stalled as a result of the heavy snow on March 12-14. Winds reached up to 60 miles per hour, creating drifts as high as fifty feet.

(AP Photo/Arthur H. Fisher)

9. 1993's Storm of the Century

The Storm of the Century in 1993 spread more snow across an area than any other in recorded history all the way from Canada to Alabama. 270 people were killed.

In this photo, Janelle Jarous climbs a mound of packed snow in Larchmont, N.Y. on March 14, 1993 to get at a hard to reach spot on the roof of her car as she digs her car out after a storm that covered the Northeast with snow and ice. Over a foot of snow and heavy winds made the for one of the worst winter storms of the century.

(AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

8. New York Blizzard of 2006

The New York Blizzard of 2006 dumped 26.9 inches of snow on the city. 

In this photo, Brooklyn resident Nick Imelio shovels snow after more than a foot of snow fell during the winter's first major snowstorm to strike the Northeast, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in New York.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

7. 2008 Blizzard in Tibet

Journeying outside of the Unites States, Tibet got a surprise storm that lasted 36 hours and dropped upwards of five feet of snow causing buildings to collapse and at least seven deaths

(Photo credit: Getty)

6. 1959 storm on Mount Shasta

Number six is the storm on Mount Shasta in California in 1959 which unloaded 189 inches of snow on the locals and is considered the largest snowfall from a single storm in North America according to NOAA.

(Photo by Frederic Lewis/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

5. Blizzard of 1971

Next is the Eastern Canadian Blizzard of 1971. It is said the event closed down the Montreal Forum, canceling a Montreal Canadiens hockey game, something that hasn't occurred since the flu epidemic of 1918.

(Photo by Dave Norris/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

4. New England Blizzard of 1978

At number four is the New England Blizzard of 1978. Stalling over New England, this storm struck during the day, dropping over 27 inches of snow and stranding many at schools, businesses and others in their cars.

(Photo by David L Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

3. The Great Snow of 1717

Then there was the Great Snow of 1717 over the New England Area. With five feet of snow already on the ground, around four more fell on top of that creating drifts as tall as 25 feet, burying entire houses.

(Photo via Getty Images)

2. Buffalo Blizzard of 1977

The second worst snowstorm is the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977. This event left many stranded in the freezing cold and solidified Buffalo's reputation as the blizzard capital of the United States.

(AP Photo)

1. Blizzard of 1967

But the storm to top them all is the Blizzard of 1967. Laying waste to the Midwest, this storm took 76 lives, set the record snowfall for Chicago with 23 inches and was preceded by a severe tornado outbreak with temperatures in the 60's.

(Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images)


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