FACTBOX: Five Biggest Snowstorms in NYC History

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A travel ban adversary is posted on the Long Island Expressway in the Queens borough of New York January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A travel ban adversary is posted on the Long Island Expressway in the Queens borough of New York, Jan. 23. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday that an intense blizzard that is forecast to drop as much as 30 inches of snow on the city this weekend had the potential to be one of the top-five winter storms in recorded history.

Here are the five worst snowstorms ever to hit the largest city in the United States, according to the National Weather Service::

  •  26.9 inches, Feb. 11-12, 2006
  • 25.8 inches, Dec. 26-27, 1947
  • 21.0 inches, March 12-14, 1888
  • 20.9 inches, Feb. 25-26, 2010
  • 20.2 inches, Jan. 7-8, 1996

The deepest snowfall from the blizzard currently paralyzing the U.S. East Coast has been recorded at 38 inches in Redhouse, Maryland, about 169 miles west of Washington. About 20 inches had fallen at Dulles International Airport, 26 miles west of the nation’s capital, as of Saturday afternoon, but the snow showed no sign of easing.