The first major snowstorm of the season left the Northeast in a snow cover, breaking records in some areas.
“Williamsport Regional Airport has made history,” the National Meteorological Service told State College about 24.7 inches of snowfall. According to forecasters, there was only one record storm with the most snow at this location, which broke the previous record of 24.1in set there in January 1964.
Digits have accumulated in much of the western and central regions of Pennsylvania.
Boston had already broken its snowfall record on Dec. 17 and registered a 9.1-inch drop since midnight on Wednesday, a Norton National Meteorological Service meteorologist in Massachusetts said.
“This is the new record now and there will probably be more before it is completed,” Bryce Williams said. The previous record for snowfall on December 17 was recorded in 2013, when it fell to 6.4 inches in Boston. At the high levels of the Berkshires, most snow was seen in Massachusetts, more than a foot. Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected by Thursday afternoon, with an additional 3-4 inches accumulating before slowly thinning.
Nearly 40in of snow was dropped at Binghamton in New York by Thursday morning, and there were widespread reports of snow above 3 feet in Broome County.
A spokesman for the National Meteorological Service said the storm is setting a new two-day snow record. The previous record was recorded in March 2017, with a drop of 35.3 inches.
It took Fred Cullin, 23, more than an hour and a half before he dug himself out of the steep, lakeside roadway in Ithaca, New York, which was covered with nearly 3 feet of snow full of plows.
“He was very crazy,” Cullin said. “It was definitely interesting to shovel up on the ice.”
He then drove to a brewery, about 45 minutes north, noting, “The roads are damn cruel. I am driving in an area where it usually takes approx. I drive at 60 mph and travel around 40 to be safe. “
Dangerous road conditions have been reported in several states, causing dozens of accidents in New Hampshire, Connecticut and eastern New York. New York State Police said an I-787 car was hit and killed by a snowmobile in downtown Albany in early Monday.
The storm came at a critical time in the coronavirus epidemic, although officials said the winter explosion was not expected to disrupt the spread of vaccines. Covid-19 vaccines were launched earlier this week to cutting-edge healthcare workers.
The night snow clouded the amount picked up all winter last winter in New York, where 6.5 inches of snow covered Central Park – far less than the initial forecast of 12 inches. Last year, only 4.8 inches of snow gathered in New York.
The storm caused the shutdown of New York City’s outdoor dining areas, which were set up on driveways during the pandemic and equipped with heaters and other features in the winter.
A few days after the state shut down indoor dining in the city again, the storm “couldn’t have happened at a worse time,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, an industry group. “It poses huge financial challenges to many restaurants, plus all the stress of providing outdoor dining options in terms of weather, while hoping what money they’ve invested in, won’t be destroyed in the blizzard.”