Today's snowfall of eight inches came two weeks after a snowfall of ten inches.
From Jan. 12 through today 10.62" of precipitation was measured (0.41" of rain fell today). Nineteen days had measurable precipitation, ten of which had snow (with a total accumulation of 8.2"). This would be the wettest winter on record until the winter of 1978-79.
For the third day in a row the City was lashed by snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain (although the temperature got no higher than 33°). Like the previous two days, between five and six inches of snow and ice accumulated, bringing the storm's three-day total to 17 inches (an additional half inch would fall in the wee hours of 2/7). 1.40" of liquid precipitation fell today, bringing the three-day total in Central Park to 4.41".
Just two degrees separated today's high and low (35°/33°), something that occurs just once every two or three years.
Less than three weeks after 13.6" of snow buried the City, an even bigger snowstorm struck. Snow began before dawn and by midnight 15.5" had fallen in Central Park. An additional 2.2" fell the next morning. The snow, drifted by winds gusting between 30-40 mph, fell heaviest between 7PM-1AM, when it fell at a rate of more than an inch per hour. This was the first winter in seventeen years to have two snowstorms of one foot or more.
For the fifth year in a row the high temperature on this date was colder than 32°: 31° (this year)-29°-27°-22°-24° (1976).
Snow began in the afternoon and by the time it ended early the next day 3.9" had fallen (2.5" of it fell today). This was the largest accumulation so far this winter (but would be easily topped in a less than a week by a crippling snowstorm).
Including this morning's snowfall of 2.3", ten inches of snow fell since Feb. 2.
Arctic air moved in early in the day, dropping the temperature from 46° to 10° by midnight (the high the day before was 56°). 1.9" of snow fell during the morning.
With a high of 20°/low of 6°, today was the coldest day of the winter, 19 degrees below average.
Today's high of 68° broke the previous record by 10 degrees.
It was a very frustrating day for New York snow lovers as a crippling snowstorm that dumped 20-30" in Pittsburgh, DC, Baltimore and Philly stopped at our doorstep, bringing just a few flurries to Central Park. (Staten Island picked up 3"-5".) The culprit was a strong high pressure system over New England that blocked the storm from moving up the coast.