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Winter makes a comeback in the Northeast, bringing snow and record-breaking cold

By Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather staff writer
May 15, 2019, 7:25:38 AM EDT


A winterlike weather pattern moved over the northeastern United States early this week, bringing with cooler conditions, rain and even snow in several northern locations.

Many living in the Northeast experienced lower-than-average temperatures on Monday. A low temperature of 42 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded in New York City's Central Park, according to the National Weather Service. This temperature fell 3 degrees shy of the all-time low for May 13: 39 F set in 1895.

But the all-time low high temperature of 49 F for May 13, set way back in 1914, was shattered on Monday when the mercury in Central Park only climbed to 48 F. Temperatures on Monday in the Big Apple were about 15-20 degrees below average

Meanwhile, some residents in the northernmost states woke up to find a blanket of snow outside their windows on Tuesday morning. Areas in upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine received several inches of snow.

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The start of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail of Mount Washington in New Hampshire on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

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Crystal Cascade and the Ellis River with some fresh snow in the treetops Tuesday morning at Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.

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The start of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail of Mount Washington in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

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Crystal Cascade and the Ellis River with some fresh snow in the treetops Tuesday morning at Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.

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Crystal Cascade and the Ellis River with some fresh snow in the treetops Tuesday morning at Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire.

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The ski resort in Mount Snow, Vermont, is covered with snow on Tuesday.

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The wintry view at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road in New Hampshire on Tuesday early morning.

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The view from the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

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The view from the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

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Scenes from route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.

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Scenes from route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.

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Scenes from route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.

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Scenes from route 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, on Tuesday morning.

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One inch of snow covers the ground of northeast Woodstock, Vermont, at 800 feet elevation, early morning on Tuesday.

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One inch of snow covers the ground of northeast Woodstock, Vermont, at 800 feet elevation, early morning on Tuesday.

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About 8 inches of snow fell in Killington, Vermont, and Mount Snow, Vermont, on Monday into Tuesday.

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Twitter user measured 3.3 inches of snow on the snowboard in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont on Tuesday morning.

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Several inches of snow measured on the snowboard in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont on Tuesday morning.

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Several inches of snow measured on the snowboard in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont on Tuesday morning.

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Several inches of snow measured on the snowboard in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont on Tuesday morning.

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The start of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail of Mount Washington in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

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The start of the Tuckerman Ravine Trail of Mount Washington in New Hampshire on Tuesday morning.

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Mt. Carberry and Cascade Mountain with some fresh snow on them Tuesday morning in Berlin and Gorham, New Hampshire.

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Mt. Carberry and Cascade Mountain with some fresh snow on them Tuesday morning in Berlin and Gorham, New Hampshire.

(Twitter photo/Bryon Newcomb via the Carrabassett Valley Police Department)

Bryon Newcomb posted this photo of snow in Sugarloaf, Maine, on Tuesday.

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About 8 inches of snow fell in Killington, Vermont, and Mount Snow, Vermont, on Monday into Tuesday.

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Snow on the Vermont Tech campus at the Randolph Center on Tuesday morning.


Most of the snow fell in the higher terrain of Vermont and New Hampshire.

"While a little unusual for this time of year, it is certainly not unheard of for the Green and White mountains to get snow in mid-May," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.

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Snow also mixed in with rain across lower elevations in certain locations, including Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Lebanon averages 0.2 inches of snow in the month of May. While May snowfall does not happen every year, it’s certainly not unheard of in the area, according to Pydynowski.

Vermont received the highest snowfall totals from this weather pattern.

snow totals 5-14-2019


About 6 to 8 inches of snow blanketed Killington and Mount Snow in Vermont, estimates AccuWeather Meteorologist and Social Media Manager Jesse Ferrell. This snowfall will help the Killington Ski Resort remain in operation.

"Killington's season is still going strong on limited terrain," said AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Brittany Boyer. "They are closed during the week but they reopen on weekends. They have been open 200-plus days this season. They are trying to make it to June."

Killington provides live webcams on its website that allow users to view the current conditions.

While people in the Northeast battled the cold on Monday, residents about 1,300 miles to the south basked in summerlike heat.

"One coast, two opposite ends of the spectrum today. While a record low was broken in New York City at LaGuardia, Miami, Florida, had a couple of hours with a strong, offshore (southwest) breeze that boosted its high a degree past the old record," AccuWeather Broadcast Meteorologist Geoff Cornish pointed out on Twitter Monday with a graphic showing that the temperature in Miami soared to 94 F. On Tuesday, the same pattern continued with Miami and Key West setting record highs while LaGaurdia Airport in New York City notched another record low.

West verus east 5-13-2019


In some parts of the country, it's been a snowy month of May. Just last week, a 117-year-old snow record was broken in Duluth, Minnesota, and parts of Colorado saw more than a foot of snow. Commencement ceremonies at Colorado University's Boulder campus took on a wintry look and were abbreviated amid the snowfall, and flakes fell during a Major League Baseball game in Denver last week.

If all of this weather has you longing for summer, which officially arrives on June 21, be sure to read the AccuWeather 2019 Summer Forecast on what exactly to expect all around the nation.

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