According to NOAA, the storm was given a value of 7.66 on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS). That is considered a category 4 or “crippling” snow event. It was also the 4th most powerful winter storm to impact the northeast since 1950.
Covering 434,000 square miles across 26 states, the storm impacted more than 102 million people. Of those, approximately 24 million people saw more than 20 inches of snow.
The region’s strongest storm on record was the so called “Super-Storm” of March 1993.