On this day in 1888, one of the worst snowstorms on record hit New York City. Here is a look back at some of the facts from that historic storm.
- 21 inches of snow was measured in Central Park, the 4th largest snowstorm on record for the city
- Wind gusts reached 80mph, causing blizzard conditions
- Snowdrifts reached as high as 30 feet in parts of the city.
- The storm shut down transportation systems and left people confined to their homes for days.
- It took NYC 14 days to fully recover from the storm.
- As result of the paralyzing impacts of this blizzard, the city moved all overhead wires underground.