Our friends over at Gothamist recently dug up this vintage video of a news report following the 1947 blizzard in New York City. The large storm hit the City directly, with very little snowfall outside of the 5 boroughs. Brooklyn got hit the worst with 27 inches, whereas Queens got off easy with only 24.6. According to the newscaster:
99 million tons of snow falls on New York, in the greatest storm of its recorded history. The 15-hour precipitation puts the big town in a deep freeze. As the snow descends at a rate of 2-inches per hour, car travel becomes hazardous, and pedestrians scurry for shelter. Most activity ceases, and then the metropolis becomes a silent city under a ghostly mantle.
It seems that the newscaster is forgetting the Great Blizzard of 1888, but this still looked pretty bad. Expect more vintage footage exactly like this tomorrow from every New York City friend in your Instagram feed.