NEW YORK – Winter and snow lovers in New York City will likely have to wait a little longer to enjoy the flakes falling from the sky, threatening the record for the last first snowfall in the Big Apple.
The record for the last first snowfall in New York City was set on January 29, 1973. And with no real chance of snow in the forecast for the next few days, chances are this winter could end up in the record books.
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In fact, no snow has been recorded in New York City since March 9, 2022, when 0.4 inches of snow fell. Since then, the city has been in a snow drought. And with no more snow expected in New York City on Wednesday, this winter will take second place for longest snowless streak at 322 days.
Has it snowed in New York City this winter?
If you’re in New York City, you might be saying to yourself, “But I saw snow fall from the sky this winter.”
That’s correct. But unfortunately that doesn’t count.
A snow accumulation of at least 0.1 inch must be recorded for the National Weather Service to consider it measurable snowfall.
And while millions of New Yorkers have experienced snow flurries, it’s not nearly enough to be considered measurable.
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Winter storm moving in northeast
A strong winter storm will sweep across the Midwest and Northeast on Wednesday, and heavy snowfall is expected in upstate New York and northern New England.
But again, areas along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston through Providence, Rhode Island, New Haven, Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington will have primarily one rain event in this storm.
“A lot has to do with the storm track,” says winter storm specialist FOX Weather Tom Niziol said. “These tracks were too far west to really allow cold air to enter via the east.”
Because of this, most of the winter storms that have hit the region this winter have been primarily rain events along the I-95 corridor.
It technically snowed in New York City on Wednesday, but it passed about 10,000 feet in the air and didn’t hit the ground.
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This is mainly due to the dry air at high altitude.
As the snow descended to the ground, it encountered this dry layer of air and evaporated before it could reach the ground.
“It was very dry air this morning, and as that air became more humid, the temperature dropped rapidly,” Niziol said. “So the temperatures in the air are in the teenage range. As we move around here during the day and into the afternoon and evening hours, temperatures in places like Albany, New York will remain around the low 30s.”
It will be cold enough to carry snow there, but as the system continues to move through the region it will suck in the warmer air and prevent snow in New York City and along the I-95 corridor, including southern New England .