It’s been nearly five years since New York City has seen more than a foot of snow in one storm, when Central Park recorded its biggest snowstorm on record with 27.5 inches in January 2016. That streak may come to an end by the middle of this week, with the New York metro area in — or near — the bullseye for more than a foot of snow.

And it won’t be just New York. Much of the densely populated parts of the Northeast stand to see a walloping of heavy snow as a major nor’easter takes aim. Some cities may pick up more than a half a season’s worth of snow in 24 hours.

For cities like Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York, a major nor’easter seems long overdue. That’s because many of these cities saw historically low amounts of snow last winter. The Big Apple only measured 4.8 inches last season — its fourth least snowiest season on record. The least amount of snow ever recorded in New York City came in the 1972-73 season, when the city saw only 2.8 inches.

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