Snow in New York City: Why NYC just broke a snowfall record

Snow in New York City: Why NYC just broke a snowfall record

Major cities in the Northeast, including New York City and Philadelphia, have recently broken records related to snowfall, but not due to an abundance of snow. Instead, the notable achievement is the nearly 22-month stretch since these cities experienced an inch of snow in a single calendar day from a winter weather event.

However, this remarkable snowless streak is not universal across the entire Northeast region. Parts of western and central New York state are currently grappling with the first significant lake-effect snowstorm of the season, potentially bringing over a foot of fresh powder by midweek.

Cities along the Interstate 95 corridor, such as Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, have been spared from major snowstorms. The absence of snow in these areas has raised questions about when the I-95 corridor might witness snowfall, given the prolonged period without significant winter weather events. According to FOX Weather Meteorologist Amy Freeze, there are no imminent forecasts for substantial winter weather events in the I-95 corridor, with cold temperatures being the primary feature this week.

New York City has broken its snowless streak by a substantial margin. As of Monday, it has been 652 days since the city experienced at least an inch of snow in a single calendar day. This surpasses the previous record of 383 days that concluded in March 1998. Central Park recorded 1.6 inches of snow on Feb. 13, 2022, breaking the extended period without measurable snow.

Typically, many Northeast cities witness their first measurable snowfall in November. However, as of now, Boston, with an average first measurable snowfall date of Nov. 27, is yet to experience it.

The expectation is that December might usher in snowfall for cities like New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, as this is when they usually encounter their first measurable snowfall.