December 26, 1947, a huge, historic storm dumped record levels of snow on the Northeastern United States. In New York City, where the snow fell quietly, and steadily, for hours and hours, several LIFE photographers stepped out of the magazine’s offices, cameras in hand, and recorded the scene.
The snowflakes began their descent unexpectedly and within the next 24 hours the city was covered by 26.4 inches of white mounds, with snow falling at the rate of 3 inches per hour.
Can you even imagine that much snow? My Mom used to tell me that they had tons of snow in the 1940's and 1950's. We are quite spoiled now in 2017 as when we get a few inches, we are in a panic. I am fine with lots of snow, on a weekend when I can just sit in my home and drink a hot cocoa!
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