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The 10 worst snowstorms in Northeast US in last 60 years

Slide 1 of 11: The Van Wyck Expressway near Kennedy Airport looks like a huge parking lot instead of a highway as stranded cars remain stuck in the big snow

Winter Storm Stella has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a blizzard warning for the densely populated region including New York City. But historically just how bad will it be? In 2004, the weather service developed a scale for rating Northeast snowstorms similar to the Fujita and Saffir-Simpson scales used for tornadoes and hurricanes. The index, which factors population to determine severity, was deemed necessary because the storms can have a profound impact on transportation and economic activity throughout the country. Here's a look at the Northeast's Top 10 storms in the last 60 years, according to the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale.

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