A light snow event affected the area this afternoon and evening, with widespread totals near and slightly above an inch observed, making this the biggest event across the area since 1/21 in Long Island, 1/16 for interior areas, and 12/29 in NYC. Cold temperatures will continue on Saturday, although following a snow/rain/freezing rain event on Monday, a short lasting warm up is expected next week with highs returning into the 40s with widespread rain for the mid week before a colder pattern returns.
Today’s Storm Review:
As of this evening, light snow continued to fall across the area; while precipitation amounts remained minimal, higher snow to liquid ratios resulted in totals near an inch across most of the area, locally higher for some locations. While some locations slightly exceeded the forecast, the storm as a whole was much weaker and further south than original expectations which had a stronger low pressure developing over the Ohio Valley, a scenario which did not end up verifying. Instead, a weak, relatively flat and progressive low system quickly moved through the region, producing widespread 1-3 inch totals with locally higher amounts.
While most of the area has seen accumulating snow at some previous point this month, today’s snow event ended a nearly month-long streak of no accumulating snow in Central Park since 12/29. While November was much snowier than average, since the beginning of meteorological winter on December 1st, there have only been two measurable snow events; 0.4″ on 12/29, and an inch today, making today’s minor event the biggest storm of the meteorological winter season so far.
A poll was opened earlier this week regarding how much snow would fall in NYC with this storm, below are the results, with the correct answer bolded.
How much snow will NYC receive on Friday, 1/25? (81 votes)
18 votes – Less than 2 inches
18 votes – 2-4 inches
17 votes – 4-7 inches
28 votes – 7+ inches