The snow came so close to breaking the record of 26.9 inches in Central Park, which was set in February 2006.
The New York Times will be posting live updates on the storm less frequently overnight, but if anything major happens, we’ll let you know.
Settle in for a snowy night and check back here bright and early tomorrow morning for updates on the impact of the storm.Will it Be a Record Breaker?At 7 a.m. at Central Park, the yardsticks will come out. And the keepers of weather records will determine whether this snowstorm was the biggest ever recorded in the city.
It will take only another tenth of an inch.
As of midnight, the total snow accumulation in Central Park was 26.8 inches, just shy of the record set in February 2006 – 26.9 inches.
Either way, this blizzard was one for the history books – the second largest snowfall in New York City since 1869.
Saturday’s snow was the biggest one-day total ever recorded here.
Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that record-breaking was not something the organization particularly worries about.
“Records are kind of an afterthought,” she said. “We’re just going to forecast the best that we can do.”
In Washington, D.C., the snow measurement itself was called into question after the storm, which brought an estimated 17.8 inches to Reagan National Airport, didn’t even crack the previously recorded top three biggest snowstorms.
Source: New York Times
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