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Snowed In: See America’s Worst Blizzards (Photos)

The Northeast is getting socked with record snowfall—again. From paralyzing snowstorms to the deadliest whiteouts of all time, see the worst blizzards in American history.

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The Great Blizzard of 1888 (March 11-14, 1888)

This March snowstorm paralyzed the entire Northeastern United States, blanketing New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut with 40-50 inches of snow. Along with vicious winds and frigid temperatures, the four-day rain- turned snowstorm killed over 400 people by the time it subsided.

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The Great Blizzard of 1947 (December 25-26, 1947)

Those red-nosed children wishing for a white Christmas in New York in 1947 got more than they asked for-a total of 26 inches fell during a two-day storm. Following its 1888 predecessor, the Great Blizzard of '47 seemed to be Santa's doing, as meteorologists did not predict the heavy snowfall that stopped subway service and left cars and buses stranded in the street. And once trains resumed service, they reportedly ran 12 hours late.

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The Great Appalachian Storm (November 24-25, 1950)

Notorious for its howling winds and heavy rains, this storm produced a wind gust of 83 mph in Albany—a yet-to-be-broken record. It affected 22 states across the country, killing over 350 people and costing $70 million in damages.

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Blizzard of 1978 (February 6-7, 1978)

The two-day storm gave Boston its greatest snowfall to date: 26.7 inches. But this storm also featured powerful winds—think blizzard meets hurricane—with Logan Airport reporting an 83 mph gust and Cape Cod reporting 92 mph.

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Superstorm of 1993 (March 13-14, 1993)

A relentless storm knocked out a third of the country in 1993, bringing floods and snow to the Southeast region. At the storm’s peak, flakes fell at a rate of five inches per hour while strong winds caused tremendous structural damages—especially throughout New York, where officials declared a state of emergency.

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Blizzard of ’96 (January 1-8, 1996)

New Year's Day brought a nor’easter that blanketed the east coast with up to four feet of snow and extended winter vacation for schoolchildren throughout the region. More than 30 inches fell in Philadelphia, the most for any city hit by the blizzard.

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Seattle Storm (December 21, 2008)

Seattle received the most snow—eight inches—that it had seen in over a decade when a storm abruptly coated the city and trapped holiday travelers. Temperatures in the teens also broke statewide records in a state that usually sees 40-degree drizzle during December.

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D.C. Blizzard (February 6, 2010)

Pedestrians brave the elements during the blizzard in Washington D.C.