STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — AccuWeather — Rsidents across New England will spend today clearing out of the feet of snow left behind from Wednesday’s record-breaking snowstorm.
Between 1 to 3 feet of snow was unleashed on the corridor from Long Island to southern New England to eastern Maine Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Actually more than a yardstick was needed to measure the 38.2 inches of snow at Savoy, Mass., which sits atop the snowstorm’s totals list that continues with:
–36.0 inches at Wilmington, Vt.
–30.5 inches at North Haven, Conn.
–28.0 inches at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, Conn.
–21.2 inches at Milford, Mass.
–20.0 inches at Port Jefferson, N.Y.
–15.0 inches at Portsmouth, N.H.
–13.0 inches at Portland, Maine
The snow piled up in a matter of roughly 12 hours. The most intense snow bands dropped a few inches in as little as an hour.
One of these bands set up over Islip, N.Y., leaving 4 inches in one hour. Not long after, another 2 inches accumulated in 60 minutes.
The snowstorm dropped a total of 15.2 inches on Islip. The 14.0 inches that fell alone on Wednesday shattered the day’s record of 2.1 inches from 2004.
Numerous other daily snowfall records were set across New England on Wednesday. A sampling of these are given below the old record in parenthesis.
–Bridgeport, Conn.: 15.0 inches (3.0 inches from 2004)
–Boston, Mass.: 14.6 inches (6.7 inches from 1976)
–Providence, R.I.: 12.2 inches (5.2 inches from 1912)
–Bangor, Maine: 10.4 inches (5.7 inches from 1954)
The 24.0 inches of snow in Hartford, Conn., did more than shatter Wednesday’s daily record. That amount is now the city’s all-time daily snow record, originally held by Feb. 12, 2006, and its 21.9 inches.
The worst of the massive snowstorm raged north of New York City, but all three of the city’s reporting stations broke Wednesday’s daily snowfall record.
The 6.1 inches at New York City’s Central Park on Wednesday exceeded the day’s record of 5.0 inches from 1893. When Tuesday night’s snow was added in, the snowstorm’s total stands at 9.1 inches.
The potency of Wednesday’s snowstorm came to be after two separate storm systems merged together. One of these systems overwhelmed the South with snow and ice Sunday into Monday. The other recently spread disruptive snow across the Midwest.
Wednesday’s snowstorm was so fierce that lightning strikes were observed over parts of southern New England.
Strong winds also blasted eastern New England, creating blinding blizzard conditions and downed trees. A child in Warwick, R.I., sustained injuries after being struck by one of the falling trees.
The Associated Press reports that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency after the snowstorm left more than 100,000 of his state’s residents in the dark or without heat.
Amtrak was forced to suspend service between New York City and Boston after the snowstorm damaged the overhead power system south of Boston. Crews have since fixed the problem, allowing service to resume today.
The nightmare also extended to airline passengers on Wednesday. CNN.com stated that more than 1,700 flights were canceled at the three major airports in the New York City area with hundreds more at Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Dry weather today will give New England an opportunity to dig out of the feet of snow. The main hindrance will be brisk winds that threaten to blow the snow back over roads in open areas.
By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com