After the storm left the region last night, today brought mostly sunny skies but with unusually cold high temperatures as the region begins to recover from the historic snowstorm, now holding the title of the biggest October snowstorm on record in parts of the region, and bringing snow totals to almost a quarter of the total winter average over a month before winter officially begins. Dry weather will help the clean up over the next few days, with moderating temperatures expected as well.
Yesterday’s storm, although not as impressive in structure as modeled at first, will go down in history as the biggest October snowstorm for the immediate NYC area, with 2.9 inches in Central Park shattering the previous October record snowfall of 0.8 inch in 1925, and bringing totals as high as 6-12 inches even in the immediate north/west suburbs of NYC. Overall, this storm ended up bringing anywhere from 6 to as much as 16-19 inches of snow in NW NJ and Orange county in NY, 4 to 10 inches of snow in the north/west suburbs of NYC, 4 to 12 inches across most of southern CT (except for New London county with lower amounts), and up to 4 inches in Long Island, especially in Nassau county. The highest amounts across the area were 19 inches in West Milford, NJ, 17.2 inches in Danbury, CT, and 16 inches in Harriman, NY.
A complete summary of this storm will likely be posted sometime late this week, including a storm total snow map, a review of the storm’s forecasting difficulties, the storm’s development/impact on the region, and the historical impact of this storm.
Short Forecast Update: Brief updates will likely be posted for the next few days, with the regular daily updates to be resumed sometime later this week. Halloween will bring mostly sunny skies with high temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s across most of the area. Tuesday will bring similar temperatures with a weak coastal low staying mainly offshore, possibly bringing a risk of light rain to the eastern parts of the area. By Wednesday, the cold will weaken as temperatures warm back up well into the 50s and possibly nearing 60 degrees, staying there for the rest of this week. Tomorrow’s update will discuss this week’s outlook in more details.