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Today in New York Weather History: February 5

Snowflakes2Going all the way back to 1869, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 are the two dates that have been most likely to have had a snowfall of one inch or more.  Through February 2021, it's happened in nineteen years, or once every eight years.  The last time it happened on Feb. 5 was in 2016 (when 2.5" of  snow fell).  The biggest snow to fall on this date was in 1920 when 5.9" accumulated .




For the second day this winter the high was a frigid 11°.  The other occurrence was on 1/23.  Lows on these days were 2° and 0°, respectively. 


The fierce snow and sleet storm that began yesterday continued unabated today.  Winds gusted to 44 mph in the pre-dawn hours and gusts of 25-35 mph lashed the area for the rest of the day.  Combined with temperatures in the mid-20s throughout the day, the wind chill was only in the single digits.  Much of the day's precipitation came in the form of sleet.  Like yesterday, close to half a foot of snow/ice accumulated while 1.31" of liquid precipitation was measured.  And the storm would continue through tomorrow.  


2.7" of snow fell during the morning.  The temperature held steady at 33° from 10:00 AM today until 7:00 AM tomorrow.  


This was the third year in a row to have a snowfall of 2 to 3 inches on this date.  2.8" fell this year, all of it before daybreak (two inches fell last year).  The day's temperature held steady between 31° and 32° until mid-afternoon when Arctic air moved in; by midnight the temperature had dropped to 13°.


The biggest snowfall of the winter began this evening and continued through next morning, accumulating 5.7".  3.3" of the snow fell tonight.  (This came three days after a 4.3" snowfall.)  After this snowfall, just 0.2" fell for the rest of the winter.


Today's high of 26° came just four days after a record high of 67°.


Today's high of 70° was an incredible 31 degrees above average and the third day in a row with a record high (all which are still standing).  Yesterday's high was 68° and the day before that it was 64°.  This was the City's earliest 70-degree temperature since Jan. 26, 1950.  (Later passed in 2007 when the high reached 72° on Jan. 6.)




The morning low of was the coldest reading of the winter.  (Last winter the coldest temperature occurred on Feb. 6.)


A cold rain that began yesterday evening continued thru this evening, amounting to 1.36" (1.07" which fell today).  Just two degrees separated today's high (36°) and low (34°).


3.5" of sloppy, wet snow fell, with a high/low of 36°/32°.


The morning low of 19° was the coldest reading of the winter, later tied on 3/5.  This was relatively mild for the coldest temperature; on average, a winter's coldest reading is 9°.


Today's high/low of 18°/8° made this the coldest day of the winter - and of the past three years.


Today's high/low of 23°/12° made this the coldest day of the month.  


The fifth winter storm of the season punished the area with four inches of snow and a quarter-inch of sleet and freezing rain.  The precipitation fell heaviest between 1-6:00 AM and snarled the morning commute.  This storm brought the winter's snowfall to 40.3" - the seventh time in the past twelve winters that more than 40 inches of snow fell.


Rain in the overnight hours changed to snow in the wee hours of the morning and accumulated 2.5" by the time it ended shortly before 11 AM.  This would be the biggest snowfall of the month.




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