New York City has lacked snow so far this winter, but late-season storms can cripple the Big Apple

NEW YORK – There’s something magical about walking the streets of New York City while snow is falling. As we move into the dead of winter and Groundhog Day on February 2 approaches, millions in the Big Apple and along the corridor of I-95 are wondering, “Where’s the snow?”

Barring an arctic blast in December, temperatures were mostly above average, while rainfall was below average in the Northeast.

New York City has not forecast snow for the foreseeable future, but large winter storms and late-season snowstorms have plagued the region in recent years.

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Lack of snow in New York City – so far

On January 19, 317 days have passed since the last measurable snowfall in New York City.

The Big Apple received 0.4 inches of snow on March 9, 2022. Since then, the city has experienced a snow drought.

For snowfall to be considered measurable, at least a tenth of an inch of snow must fall. While New York City saw some excitement this past weekend, it wasn’t nearly enough to be considered measurable.


Late-season winter storms have crippled New York City before

So while many New Yorkers patiently await the first measurable snowfall of the season, the FOX Forecast Center looked back at previous late-season winter storms that have significantly impacted the city.

The highest was just two years ago, when more than 17 inches of snow fell over the city between January 31 and February 3, 2021.

Nearly three years earlier, a snowstorm blanketed New York City in more than 8 inches of snow between March 21 and 22.

Those totals are high, but the blizzard with the highest snow reading during a late-season storm was in 2006, when more than 2 feet of snow fell on February 12.

We have to go back to March 13, 1888 to see the next highest snow total. That day, New York City recorded 16.5 inches of snow.

And we’re fast approaching the 50-year-old record for the last measurable snowfall in New York City.

That happened on January 29, 1973.

Will 2023 break this record? Be sure to download the free FOX Weather app to track potential snow as we near that date.