New Yorkers woke up this morning to find everything covered in snow. The US National Weather service said that New York City was engulfed by a snowstorm that dumped more than 33 centimeters in some neighborhoods, Whilst snow is not unusual at this time of year over New York, such measurements are quite elevated.
The storm had started with sleet and rain around 3 a.m. before heavy snowfall moved in around 6 a.m. By midmorning, snow was falling at a rate of up to 3 inches per hour, NWS meteorologist Pete Wichrowski said. But by 2 p.m. the snowfall had slowed to less than an inch per hour, said NWS meteorologist Fay Barthold.
The Department of Sanitation had 2,300 vehicles out during the morning clearing the streets. Snowplow crews planned to finish clearing the city’s 6,000 miles of streets in less than 24 hours.
“We feel that the city will be largely back to normal, and we’ll be able to have school open and a pretty normal rush hour,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference about the storm.
The New York City Transit system, which experienced no major delays during the storm, was also expected to be fully operational Friday, spokesman Christopher McKniff said.