Just over a week after contending with the wrath of Superstorm Sandy, parts of the Northeast are digging out from record snows with several states being hit by more than a half to over a foot of snow from a nor’easter.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), six to as much as 13 inches of snow accumulated across parts of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut from Wednesday into early Thursday.
The heaviest snowfall amounts topped 13 inches in New Jersey and Connecticut and nine inches in Massachusetts and New York.
Early weather forecasts had predicted mainly rain, strong winds, some coastal flooding and perhaps a dusting from the nor’easter but the heavy snow became the dominate feature from across the region.
With such heavy snow this early in the season, numerous records were broken.
New York City’s Central Park received 4.7 inches of snowfall from this event, which is the most snow this early in the season for the city since records began way back in 1869.
The previous record was held by a snowstorm that dumped 4.4 inches of snow on Nov. 23, 1989.
The 4.7 inches of snow at Central Park ties this month with November 1989 as New York City’s sixth snowiest November on record. November 1898 sits at the top of that list with 19.0 inches.
In Bridgeport, CT, eight inches of total snow set a record for the greatest snowfall in November, according to the NWS. The nor’easter also made this month the snowiest November on record for the city.
The previous record occurred over a two-day span from Nov. 22 to 23, 1989, with 6.6 inches of snowfall.
Daily records broken Wednesday from the heavy nor’easter snow event:
- Newark, N.J.: 5.7 inches (trace from 1981)
- Bridgeport, Conn.: 6.0 inches (2.0 inches from 1953)
- Worcester, Mass.: 5.2 inches (1.4 inches from 1953)
- New York City’s Central Park: 4.3 inches (0.1 of an inch from 1878)
- New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport: 4.0 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
- Hartford, Conn.: 3.4 inches (0.2 of an inch from 1953)
- Atlantic City, N.J.: 2.5 inches (2.0 inches from 1953)
- Islip, N.Y.: 1.7 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
- Providence, R.I.: 1.3 inches (trace from 2010)
- New York City’s LaGuardia Airport: 1.1 inches (first occurrence of snow on November 7)
- Bangor, Maine: 0.3 of an inch (trace from 2002)
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