The recent deep snow in Massachusetts (New Bedford, Massachusetts). The blizzard, accompanied by "intense cold," brought a general 1-2 feet of snow in the Middle Atlantic and New England regions. Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and Quebec City all received a foot or more of snow.
Source of image: Library of Congress (Illustrated in the February 21, 1857 edition of The Illustrated London News)
Description from Baltimore: "Snow fell very heavily here..., accompanied with a violent gale. The drifts in some places are six and ten feet deep. On a level, the snow is about two feet deep. The streets are impassable."
Source: “The Great Snow-Storm Elsewhere,” New York Daily Times, January 20, 1857.