A projected 24 to 28 inches of snow could fall throughout the city during the first blizzard of 2016 — a number that could potentially break records, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday.
The possibility of more than 25 inches would take the city into "uncharted territory," de Blasio said, and would land this storm in the top five in terms of snowfall in the city.
Here's a look at some of the other record-breaking storms that buried the five boroughs under snow.
► Feb. 13, 2006: 26.9 Inches
The "Blizzard of '06" broke records across the city, dumping nearly 27 inches in Central Park. The snowstorm, though, was not technically a blizzard in the city despite the nearly 3-feet of snow piles. Winds were not at least 35 mph for three hours, and visibility was high.
► Dec. 26, 1947: 26.4 Inches
It took 15,000 city employees working 11-hour shifts — with only 20 minutes for lunch — to clear the city's main roads after a quiet storm dumped 26 inches of snow on New York City, according to reports at the time. It was compared to the "Great Blizzard of 1888," which crippled the city but didn't bring as many flakes.
► March 12, 1888: 21 Inches
The "Great Blizzard of 1888" was the benchmark for snow storms in the city for years. The late-winter storm lasted more than a day, halting rail service and closing the roads for a long time.
► Feb. 25, 2010: 20.9 Inches
This storm brought nearly 21 inches to Central Park that turned to a slushy, "wintry mix" once temperatures jumped after the snow fell. One man was killed after a tree branch fell on him in Central Park. The snow forced the closure of city schools.
► Jan. 7-8, 1996: 20.2 Inches
This "extreme" snow storm dumped a recorded 20.2 inches in Central Park while other parts of the city saw 30 inches. Schools closed for the first time in nearly 20 years, buses were halted and some subway service was disrupted.