Top 10 Snowfalls in Philadelphia History

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The record-holder for Philly snowstorms occurred in early January 1996, dropping 31 inches. That didn't deter Jefferson Medical College students Ann Marie Vitale and Tom Scott from playing in the snow at Sixth and Walnut in Center City on Jan. 8. (PETER TOBIA / Staff Photographer)

Here's a list of the worst snowstorms, by amount of white stuff dumped. Every one includes at least two days. Highest one-day total included, if available. Data comes from several National Weather Service sources.

1.  31 inches, Jan. 6-8, 1996 (27.6 inches fell on Jan. 7).

2. 28.5 inches, Feb. 5-6, 2010 (21.9 inches fell on Feb. 6). Area high: 30.0 inches in Ridley Park, Delaware County.

3. 23.2 inches, Dec. 19-20, 2009 (22.5 inches on Dec. 19). Area high: 25 inches in Swedesboro, Gloucester County.

4. 21.3 inches, Feb. 11-12, 1983 (21.1 inches on Feb. 11).

5. 21 inches, Dec. 25-26, 1909 (15.5 inches on Dec. 26, 1909).

6. 19.4 inches, April 3-4, 1915 (19.0 inches on April 3).

7. 18.9 inches, Feb. 12-14, 1899.

8. 18.7 inches, Feb. 16-17, 2003 (16.0 on Feb. 16). Area high: 24.5 inches in city’s Byberry section.

9. 16.7 inches, Jan. 22-24, 1935.

10 (tie). 15.1 inches, Feb. 28-March 1, 1941.

10 (tie). 15.1 inches, Jan. 26-27, 2011 (14.2 inches on Jan. 26). Area high: 19 inches, Verga, Gloucester County.

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