(This post, first published at 10:04 a.m., was updated to reflect the latest snowfall totals at 11 a.m.)
The calendar read April 2, but heavy, wet snow poured down in New York City early Monday. The big, fat flakes piled up quickly and, despite the temperature hitting 60 degrees the day before, stuck to everything.
By 10 a.m., 5.5 inches had accumulated in Central Park, the most during April since 1982, when 9.6 inches fell on the 6th of the month. The amount was the seventh most on record in April, less than two inches away from making the top five.
New York City has now received 40.9 inches of snow during the 2017-2018 cold season, almost 15 inches more than normal.
The snow arrived between 3 and 4 a.m. in the Big Apple and temperatures, in the low 40s, tumbled into the low to mid-30s. Central Park reported heavy snow and visibility of a quarter-mile or less for three straight hours between 6 and 8 a.m. and a temperature of 33 degrees.
At LaGuardia Airport, the snow was falling at the rate of 2 inches per hour just before 7 a.m.
The heavy snow forced the Yankees to postpone their home opener, which had been set for 1:05 p.m. Monday. The game was moved to 4:05 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
Snowfall totals in the New York region generally ranged between 3 and 6 inches with some locally higher amounts. Here are some specific amounts posted through 10 a.m.:
- Newark: 5.0 inches
- LaGuardia Airport: 5.5 inches
- JFK Airport: 3.7 inches
- Islip Airport: 4.4 inches
- White Plains, N.Y.: 7.8 inches
- Bridgeport Airport, Conn.: 5.7 inches
Conditions are forecast to rapidly improve Monday afternoon as the fast-moving system scoots off the coast. Skies should clear with highs into the mid-40s, which should rapidly melt the snow.
The snow was the result of an area of low pressure that scooted along an Arctic front positioned south of the region. It also brought heavy snowfall to western Maryland and parts of Pennsylvania. Up to 7 inches fell near Frostburg, Md., and the 4.5 inches in State College, Pa., tied for the heaviest snowfall of the winter.