Saint John has officially broken a 52-year-old snowfall record this winter.

More than 470 centimetres of snow has fallen this winter, surpassing the record of 424 centimetres that was set in 1962-63.

Don Farrell was born in 1948 and remembered the historic winter of 1963. He said everything looked bigger, including the snow banks.

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The John Hooper sculptures at the foot of King Street in Saint John, N.B. are partially covered after a winter of record snowfall for the city. (Matthew Bingley/CBC)

"The thing when you're young, is that you're a lot smaller," he said. "I remember all the winters back then as being much more snow because you're looking at it from a whole other angle."

Snow storms were front page news in newspaper articles from the time. Articles mentioned irritations like cars getting stuck.

The winter of 1963 had a late winter blast on March 19. But in a year with so much snow, the archives show only a few stories, unlike now.

 "From things I've seen on the news, radio, online, it seems to me that we seem to talk about weather a lot more," said reference librarian Sarah Gladwell at the Saint John Free Public Library

"Particularly bad weather."

CBC meteorologist Peter Coade said a storm on Saturday could bring another 15-20 centimetres of snow, mixed with rain.