Snowstorm Shatters New York City, Philadelphia Records

By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
January 28, 2011, 10:32:56 AM EST

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New York City and Philadelphia are just two of the communities across the mid-Atlantic that broke daily snowfall records on Wednesday. For a more elite group that includes New York City, this month is now the snowiest January in history.

With the disruptive storm over, final snow tallies exceed a foot throughout the corridor from Philadelphia to New York City.

Places across southern New England have joined this list with more to follow once the snowstorm finally comes to an end this morning.

The recent storm total snowfall in New York City was 19.0 inches. The 12.3 inches that fell alone on Wednesday broke the day's long-standing snowfall record of 9 inches from 1871.

The storm also pushed the month's snow total to 36.0 inches in New York City. That makes this January the snowiest on record, bypassing January 1925 and its 27.4 inches.

This January is also now New York City's second all-time snowiest month, falling short to February 2010 and its 36.9 inches. There is more snow coming this month and in the not too distant future.

In addition, this is the first time in recorded history that New York City has had two snowstorms drop 18.0 inches or more of snow in the same winter. The last one was the post-Christmas blizzard in December.

Ironically, both of these snowstorms, the one in December and the one in January, hit New York City on the 26th and 27th of the month.

The seasonal snowfall now stands at 56.1 inches in New York City. The snowiest season on record occurred during the winter of 1995-96, when 75.6 inches of snow fell. Given the expected weather pattern over the next month or so, this figure is well within reach. Currently this winter stands at number 6 on the all-time snowiest winters on record.


A similar feat, setting a daily snow record and this month becoming the snowiest January, was achieved in Newark, N.J., and Bridgeport, Conn.

The snowstorm's 18.9 inches (11.0 inches of which set Wednesday's snow record) increased this month's snow total to 37.3 inches in Newark.

January's snow total in Bridgeport stands at 34.2 inches after the record-breaking 6.0 inches that fell on Wednesday and the additional 7.0 inches that fell thereafter.

No monthly snow record was set in Philadelphia, but the 14.2 inches that fell on Wednesday shattered the day's previous record of 4.4 inches from 1963. When the snow from early this morning is added in, the storm's total is 14.9 inches.

The following is a list of storm snowfall totals elsewhere across the Northeast as of 9 a.m. EST:

--South Windsor, Conn.: 19.0 inches --Frenchtown, N.J.: 17.9 inches --West Norwalk, Conn.: 17.0 inches --Philadelphia's Northeast Airport: 16.5 inches --East Rutherford, N.J.: 15.5 inches --Milford, Mass.: 13.9 inches --Islip, N.Y.: 13.7 inches --West Warwick, R.I.: 12.5 inches --Windsor Locks, Conn.: 12.0 inches --Allentown, Pa.: 11.6 inches --South Boston, Mass.: 11.5 inches --Pottstown, Pa.: 11.0 inches --Wilmington, Del.: 10.4 inches --Hampton, N.H.: 8.5 inches --Washington Dulles, Va.: 8.0 inches --Baltimore (Inner Harbor), Md.: 7.0 inches --Washington, D.C. (National Arboretum): 3.4 inches


Most of the snow across the Northeast on Wednesday came from a one-two punch that began early in the morning.

The second round, which started on Wednesday afternoon and ended early this morning over New England, proved to be the worst with thunderstorms producing up to snowfall rates of up to 5 inches per hour.

The snowstorm severely disrupted travel and daily routines throughout the region.

Treacherous roadways led to some motorists becoming stranded. Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that more than a thousand flights were canceled on Wednesday at the three New York City hubs.

Even President Barack Obama's plans were interrupted as he returned to the White House from a trip to Manitowoc, Wis.

The weather grounded Marine One, the helicopter that typically picks up the President from the military base where Air Force One lands. The President was instead forced to take a slow motorcade ride back to the White House.

At least two people have died during this snowstorm that started in the Tennessee Valley late on Tuesday.

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