There have been only two five-year stretches now where each season featured above average snowfall. This latest five-year stretch and the aforementioned one in the 1880s.
The last five years of winter have been notable for other reasons as well. The largest snowstorm in New York City history -- of 27.5 inches -- occurred in January 2016. That same season also featured the only subzero temperature since 1994.
In other words, if you're a New Yorker who thinks that the last few winters have been brutal to some degree, you're exactly right. If you're a New Yorker of the belief that winters just don't live up to the old days, you're wrong.
Interestingly, it isn't too brutal to have a snowstorm this late in the season in New York. While the last measurable snow in the median year would have fallen a few days ago, the last snow often times seeps later in the year. In fact, there are numerous examples of significant snowstorms occurring in April in New York.
But even for a lover of snow like myself, April snow is a bit much.