Boston’s Top 10 Biggest Snowstorms

Residents of Farragut Road in South Boston dig out cars from snowdrifts from the blizzard of ’78.
Residents of Farragut Road in South Boston dig out cars from snowdrifts from the blizzard of ’78.

 Updated January 28, 2015, 10:02 am

After bringing 24.6 inches of snow to Boston, Tuesday’s blizzard is now the city’s sixth biggest snowstorm, according to the National Weather Service, which takes its official measurements at Logan Airport.

Here’s a look at Boston’s 10 biggest snowstorms (according to the National Weather Service):

1. Feb. 17-18, 2003 – 27.6 inches

This President’s Day storm continues to hold the all-time record for snowfall in Boston.

A group from the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church plays football in a blowing snowstorm in Killian Court at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Monday, Feb. 17, 2003. MIT's Building 10, the Great Dome, is behind. The Boston area is predicted to receive between 12 to 18 inches of snow from the latest winter storm.  (Daniel Bersak/AP)

A group from the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church played football at MIT’s Killian Court during a storm on Feb. 17, 2003. MIT’s Building 10, the Great Dome, is behind. (Daniel Bersak/AP)

2. The Blizzard of ‘78 (Feb. 6-7) – 27.1 inches

The infamous Blizzard of 1978 destroyed hundreds of homes and flooded the coast. It caused $500 million in damage in Massachusetts and left 73 dead and 4,324 injured, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Blizzard of 1978 dropped an all-time record 27 inches of snow on Boston. Here, residents of Farragut Road in South Boston are digging out their cars from snowdrifts. (AP)

Residents of Farragut Road in South Boston dig out cars from snowdrifts from the blizzard of ’78. (AP)

3. Feb. 24-27, 1969 – 26.3 inches

This storm lasted several days and left 26.3 inches of snow in Boston.

4. April Fool’s Day storm (Mar. 31-April 1, 1997) – 25.4 inches

This April 1 storm of 2007 was no joke and dropped more than 2 feet of snow on the city.

U.S. Navy MS Seaman Jared Kendall of Clark, Mo., clears the area near the snow-covered U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned Navy vessel, at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Tuesday, April 1, 1997. The top section of the ship's foremast, left, snapped Monday night during a fierce blowing snowstorm which dumped over 20 inches of snow on the Boston area. (Julia Malakie/AP)

U.S. Navy MS Seaman Jared Kendall cleared snow near the USS Constitution. The top section of the ship’s foremast, left, snapped during the fierce snowstorm on April 1, 1997. (Julia Malakie/AP)

5. Feb. 8-9, 2013 – 24.9 inches

The 2013 blizzard became Boston’s fifth-biggest snowstorm with 24.9 inches of snow. That same storm dumped 28.7 inches in Worcester and 22.8 inches of snow in Providence, all of which paled in comparison to Portland, Maine, which received 29.3 inches of snow.

People dig out their cars after a snowstorm in Boston last February. (AP/File)

People dig out their cars after a snowstorm in Boston in February 2013. (AP/File)

6. Jan. 26-27, 2015 – 24.6 inches

This “blizzard of 2015” brought more than 2 feet of snow to Boston and record-breaking snowfall totals to Worcester, where it left 34.5 inches and became the city’s largest snowstorm on record. In Providence, the storm dumped 19.1 inches of snow and became that city’s fourth-biggest snowstorm. Some coastal communities also experienced flooding.

The Harvard Medical School’s Jeff Way makes crosses BU Bridge through today’s snow storm en route to his office.  (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The Harvard Medical School’s Jeff Way makes crosses BU Bridge through today’s snow storm en route to his office. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

7. Jan. 22-23, 2005 – 22.5 inches

This storm buried parts of New England and also dumped 38 inches of snow in Salem and Plymouth, according to NOAA.

8. Jan. 20-21, 1978 – 21.4 inches

The January blizzard occurred just a couple of weeks before the infamous Blizzard of ’78.

9. March 3-5, 1960 – 19.8 inches

This wind-driven snowstorm brought whirling snow from Virginia to New York, before blowing into New England.

10. Feb. 16-17, 1958 – 19.4 inches

This coastal storm brought heavy snow and strong winds to the Northeast.

Related:

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.