NYC gets its first snow of the season after breaking a 50-year record

Better late than never.

New York City experienced its first measurable snowfall of the season Wednesday morning after breaking the record for the longest snowless season in 50 years earlier this week.

Nearly half an inch of snow blanketed Central Park as a weak low-pressure system shot across the Big Apple, Fox Weather meteorologist Mathieu Blue told The Post.

“We have four tenths of an inch. So this is now the last measurable snowfall for everyone [winter] Season since records were kept in 1869,” Blue told The Post.

Gotham’s wintry weather came after the city made history Monday when the last Central Park entered the season without any measurable accumulation since 1973.

snow in the city
Wednesday’s snowfall was caused by a weak low-pressure system moving across the area.

While no further significant snowfall is forecast for New York City in the near future, the Big Apple should expect dangerously low temperatures Friday through Saturday.

“We’re looking at the potential for sub-zero wind chills with temperatures in the single digits,” said Blue.

The city has seen sparse snow flurries since fall 2022 — more than a foot below the average season’s previous snowfall.

Snow record broken
New York City on Monday broke a 50-year record for the longest snow break since 1973.
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Both precipitation and cold air are required for sticking snow and can be counted as measurable by meteorologists. The city didn’t have the best conditions this winter – even after several winter storms rolled through the region in the past week.

The last time there was measurable snow in New York City was 326 days ago, on March 9, 2022, when it snowed a measly four-tenths of an inch. Typically, the city sees the first measurable snow in mid-December. Last year, according to the Weather Channel, it was Christmas Eve.

Other northeastern cities along the I-95 corridor — such as Philadelphia and Boston — have also experienced snow deficits this season.

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Very mild weather has contributed to the lack of snow in New York City this winter season.
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While recent storm tracks have brought snow to some parts of the inner Northeast, warm air has been drawn into the I-95 corridor, resulting in rain for most of this winter.

Despite this seemingly snowless season, February is the snowiest month in New York City, according to the Weather Channel, meaning New Yorkers will soon see the first big snow of the winter season. NYC gets its first snow of the season after breaking a 50-year record


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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