Nor’easter brings record snow to Northeast, 8 days after Superstorm Sandy


Snowfall totals from Nor’easter (NWS)

New York City’s Central Park picked up 4.7 inches of snow, the earliest 4 inch snowstorm on record (previous earliest 4 inch was Nov 23, 1989). Last winter, it wasn’t until January 21 so much snow fell.

Generally, the heaviest snows fell from the interior of New Jersey through western Connecticut, where 4 to 10 inches accumulated. Isolated amounts exceeded one foot. The highest total, according to the National Weather Service in Upton, NY, was 13.5 inches in Clintonville, Ct.

Here are some other impressive totals - spanning southern New Jersey through Massachusetts; a number of these were daily records (Wednesday), where noted:

New Haven, Ct.: 9”
New Canaan, Ct: 6.0”
Bridgeport, Ct: 5.4”(record)
Hartford, Ct: 3.4” (record)
Newark, NJ: 6.2”(5.7” Wednesday, record)
Jersey City, NJ: 6”
Atlantic City, NJ: 2.5” (record)
Mt. Holly, NJ: 2.6”
JFK Airport, NY: 4.3” (4” Wednesday, record)
Islip Airport (Long Island), NY: 4” (1.7” Wednesday, record)
Yonkers, NY: 5”
Foxboro, MA: 5.6”
Worcester, MA: 5.2” (record)
Providence, RI: 2.3” (1.3” Wednesday, record)

Links: NY/NJ/CT totals | Southern NJ totals | Mass totals | NOAA storm summary


Peak wind gusts ( National Weather Service)

The Nor’easter not only produced heavy snow, but also raging winds. At Martha’s Vineyard, MA, AccuWeather reports winds have gusted to at least tropical storm force (39 mph) for 25 straight hours. Peak gusts in eastern Massachusetts exceeded 60 mph, with a gust as high as 76 mph in Cuttyhunk, Ma. In Long Island, gusts reached 50-60 mph.

The storm cut power to at least 115,000 homes, NBC News reports.

Residents of the Northeast are surely storm-weary. The Nor’easter arrived just over week after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the region. Dave Tolleris, meteorologist for WxRisk.com, says a snowstorm following a hurricane-type system is practically unprecedented:

“YES folks a major snowstorm in the Northeast 8 days AFTER a Landfalling hurricane,” Tolleris said on his Facebook page. “THAT has never happened before... well not since 1870 and probably not since 1776.”

Consider this vignette in a CBS News report from a Staten Island, NY resident:

David Weaver, who helped a Staten Island friend clean up before the storm set in, said the second storm has made life miserable. He said, “Now people have to worry about heat and not dying, and, you know, surviving. (The second storm is) definitely, really, the icing on the cake.”

Here’s a video report on the storm from the Associated Press...

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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