NYC’s southern borough, Staten Island, was basically the cutoff of snow. The first wave of low pressure impacted the area Sunday night, feb. 20 to Monday morning, feb. 21. The storm delivered 8.0 inches to Ringwood, NJ; 7.5 inches to Port Chester, NY; 7.5 inches to Greenwich, CT and 3.2 inches to Central Park, NY to name a few. However, Staten Island received less then 1 inch and a little farther south there was no snow accumulation whatsoever. The proximity of the low pressure just south of NYC is what produced the heaviest snow band in northern NJ, southeast NY and into southwest CT.
NYC’s southern borough, Staten Island, continued to be the cutoff of snow. The second wave of low pressure impacted the area Monday evening, Feb. 21 and continued until Tuesday morning, Feb.22. However, this go around high pressure to the north suppressed the snow south of NYC so only a few flurries fell in Staten Island; whereas, no snow was reported north of the city. The heaviest snow was confined to a narrow band stretching from southeast PA to southern NJ where 3-6 inches, with locally higher amounts, fell.
NYC, especially Staten Island, essentially went unscathed by this one, two punch. Those who have not enjoyed this historic winter can breathe a sigh of relief that we escaped winters wrath for now. The weather pattern proves to be continually active with the chance for more precipitation as early as this friday– the initial indications are that NYC will experience more in the way of rain as opposed to snow. For places like Binghamton, Oneonta & Albany this next system looks to be a snow producer.
Furthermore, throughout the weekend into next week looks to be continually active, winter weather wise, for areas well north and west of the city; NYC’s dominant precipitation type looks to be rain. However, further down the road there are signs that we might get back into a cooler/snowier pattern so enjoy the upcoming rain.