A wise man once said, "You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather." 125 years ago, a blizzard knocked out power and transit all over Manhattan, shutting down the Stock Exchange for two days; 2 months ago, a hurricane did the exact same thing. No matter how advanced our society becomes, no matter if we have the Internet and cars that can drive themselves, we still get wet when it rains. 

When it snows, we get cold and wet, making snowstorms especially destructive. This is your illustrated guide to some of the biggest, baddest snowstorms and icy disasters in recorded history. If it's the first day of winter, here is a look at what weather hath wrought in years past and a preview of what could come this season. If it’s the end of the world, maybe remembering these snowy scenes will help keep you cool when we’re all burning.

Bundle up for The 50 Most Famous Snow Storm Photographs.

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