N.Y.C. Weather: How Much Did It Snow? (Published 2019) (2023)

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It’s Tuesday. The deadline to apply to New York City’s public middle and high schools has been extended to Friday.

Weather: Cold, windy and wet. See below for details.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended today because of snow removal.


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New York City residents who braced for the season’s first winter storm are waking up to a city that is salted and brined, but not snow-covered.

While New York City’s nearby suburbs saw two to nearly 10 inches of snow, the city itself was mostly just wet from rain.

With the storm moving northeast to New England, a winter weather advisory ended at 7 a.m. for the New York City area.

[A sloppy rush hour yesterday in the New York region.]

At a news conference before the bulk of yesterday’s storm, Mayor de Blasio reiterated that the city had improved its preparedness since November 2018, when an early winter storm wreaked havoc on the evening commute.

There are now more weather-monitoring devices to make sense of incoming data, the mayor said. There is also a new meteorologist in the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

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Here are the latest effects from the storm

The snow: New York City was forecast to get two to four inches of snow on Monday, according to the National Weather Service, but as of 1 a.m. Tuesday, only one and a half inches had fallen in Central Park. Less than an inch of snowfall observed at both Kennedy and La Guardia airports, the agency said.

The most snowfall recorded in the city on a Dec. 2 was 3.9 inches in 1929.

The temperature: Today will start in low 30s, and by the afternoon the mercury in the city may be near 40 degrees, which is just a bit lower than usual for this time of year. Brace for strong winds that will make it feel colder.

The schools: New York City public schools are open today, and after-school programs will continue as scheduled.

Transit: As of 5 a.m., most commuter train service in the region was running on time or close to on time. Still, check for delays on Metro-North, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit before leaving home.

As for the roads, New York City’s Sanitation Department spread liquid brine on highway ramps yesterday, and salt spreaders were dispatched on streets.

The airports: Hundreds of flights had been canceled as of yesterday afternoon, with many of the scrubbed flights at the airports serving New York and Boston. Delays in the New York area had ranged from 90 minutes to over three hours.

A few interruptions continued this morning; check the status of your flight with your airline. As of 8 a.m., there were delays of 15 minutes or less at Kennedy International, La Guardia and Newark Liberty International Airports.

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Board games will soon be available for borrowing at certain branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. [Brooklyn Paper]

The Rockefeller Center tree is set to be lit tomorrow. [NBC New York]

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Coming up today

Take a dive into history with “Oysters 101: The Secrets NYC’s Bivalves Harbor” at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. [$10]

Bring a favorite dish from Katie Parla’s “Food of the Italian South” for the cookbook club at Archestratus Books and Foods in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

Join Phil Chan, co-founder of Final Bow for Yellowface, for “China Chic: Orientalist Representations in Western Performing Arts,” at the Museum at F.I.T. in Manhattan. 6 p.m. [Free with R.S.V.P.]

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Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

And finally: Who shaped the subway map?

New York City is as much a state of mind as it is a geographical location. So making a map of its subways required more than pencils and rulers.

Here’s the story behind the enduring subway map, which has helped New Yorkers and tourists traverse the city at the center of the universe.

In 1979, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority hired a firm, Michael Hertz and Associates, to create a neat, elegant map out of New York’s sprawling labyrinth of train lines. The primary designer was Nobuyuki Siraisi.

He may have seemed like an unlikely fit: Mr. Siraisi had trained as a sculptor and a painter. But the subway map needed graceful reorganizing.

Earlier maps relied on straight lines, which riders found disorienting, according to studies conducted by a psychologist who helped the redesign effort, Arline Bronzaft. So Mr. Siraisi went to work — by riding every train line, with his eyes closed, feeling the curve of each track. Then he drew the paths he perceived in his sketchbook.

Mr. Siraisi also associated the train lines with colors, so they could be more easily identified verbally.

And to simplify the map, he used a single “trunk” line to show trains that run parallel to one another (like the 4, 5 and 6 trains on the East Side of Manhattan).

When the map was digitized in 1998, a few quirks were produced. Some street lines ended abruptly. Some parks were quickly drawn, creating what appears to be a sliver of beach. (Look closely at the waterfront near the East Broadway stop on the F line in Manhattan.)

And some street names didn’t line up exactly with the white lines representing those streets (for example, 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue).

It’s Tuesday — enjoy the journey.

Metropolitan Diary: Studious


Dear Diary:

I was on a crowded downtown No. 6 train just below 86th Street at around 10:15 a.m. A young man with slicked-back hair and polished shoes was studiously flipping through what looked like a stack of dog-eared flash cards.

I edged closer to see what he was studying. A new language? Actuarial formulas?

“Vieux Carré,” one of the meticulously handwritten index cards said.

So, I thought, he’s studying French.

“Manhattan,” said another.

Maybe early U.S. history.

“Old Fashioned,” said a third.

I smiled. He was cramming for his bartender’s exam.

— Amy Parsons

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How much snow did NYC get in 2019? ›

This got us curious about overall snowfall statistics. For the 2019-2020 snowfall season, NYC only had 5" of snow. In 2015-2016, we got 28 inches in January (on the 23rd of that month we got a Snowpocalypse) and the ol' winter of 2013-2014 brought us 20 inches in January and 29 inches in February.

How many inches of snow did New York City get? ›

The average winter snowfall in New York City is about 25 inches, so the Ocean Weather Services is predicting that the 2022-23 winter in New York City will most likely be between 22 and 27 inches.

What year did it snow the most in New York? ›

The North American Blizzard of 2006 hit East Coast cities from Baltimore to Boston with enough winter weather to cancel school for days, but few places got more than the Big Apple. A full 26.9 inches dumped on NYC, the highest snowfall ever counted by government records.

Will 2022 be a snowy winter NYC? ›

ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — The Farmer's Almanac has released its winter weather forecast for 2022-2023, and it is not looking good. According to the Almanac, “significant shivers” are ahead for upstate New Yorkers, spelling out a colder winter than last year.

Does it snow a lot in New York City? ›

Snowfall is an infrequent occurrence in the city, on average occurring on only 12 days per year, though it can be heavy when it occurs. The city can also be prone to strong winds, being a coastal location it is exposed to the Atlantic.

Has it ever snowed in June in NY? ›

New York's Whiteface Mountain was coated in snow on June 18.


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