Weekend blizzard ranks 4th worst among Northeast snowstorms

This weekend blizzard ranked 4th worst among Northeast snowstorms.

This weekend blizzard ranked 4th worst among Northeast snowstorms. (1/28/16)

EDISON - Last weekend's blizzard is officially the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit New Jersey and the Northeast in more than 60 years.

That's according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which announced the storm's ranking on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale. The scale calculates inches of snowfall, geographic reach and population affected to see how each snowstorm measures up.

NOAA spokeswoman Maureen O'Leary says that this weekend’s blizzard affected 102.8 million people and covered about 434,000 square miles in 26 states.

National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Kocin says that almost 24 million people saw more than 20 inches of snow as flakes fell from Louisiana to Maine.

Parts of New Jersey saw up to 33 inches of snow. The storm also took a huge toll on New Jersey’s beaches. Nearly a third of the state’s beaches sustained major erosion. The beaches in the Holgate section of Long Beach Township dropped 12 to 15 feet in elevation.

The largest snowstorm on record still goes to the so-called “Storm of the Century” in 1993. That storm dropped more than 30 inches in places from Mississippi to Maine.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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