While Boston and much of New England has been busy digging out from up to three feet of snow just dumped into their laps, you may have heard quite the commotion coming from parts of the I-95 Corridor just a little bit south of there.
New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, prepared for predictions ranging from 12-30 inches of snow, received barely half that in some cases. For Philadelphia specifically, the snow wasn’t even enough to cover long grass, coming in at about and inch and a half of the white stuff. People there have been clamoring about the storm being a bust, but look just to the north and east, and you’ll find it was anything but.
This map isn’t precise down to every single observations, but it’s a very, very good look at what snow totals were in New England and the Mid Atlantic regions.
Take a look at eastern Long Island, eastern Massachusetts, eastern Connecticut, southeastern New Hampshire, and southern Maine. A huge swath of two-foot-plus amounts piled up in these areas, with localized totals approaching three feet. That is a TON of snow. Compound this with the winds that gusts over 70 (!) miles per hour in some coastal regions, and you truly had a blizzard to remember in these spots.
What about the areas that didn’t see as much? Well, with storms like this, a small difference in track can make a huge difference in the outcome. The predictions for storms like these have to cover hundreds of thousands of miles of area. Keeping that in mind, take a closer look at Connecticut, and how tight the snowfall gradient ended up being.
From Enfield to Thompson, CT, there’s a distance of about 34 miles. Enfield received 11.3 inches of snow; Thompson, 33.5″. So over the course of a distance roughly equal to the north-south length of Lake Winnebago, there was a difference in snowfall of nearly two feet! The distances between the haves and the have-nots in this incredible storm were incredibly small.
That said, every forecast and every storm provides and opportunity for learning, and a fairly uniform 10-12 inch snowfall across the five boroughs of New York City is still nothing to sneeze at.
For another breakdown of how the forecast stacked up to what locations actually saw, click here.
For more comprehensive snowfall totals across the region, check here for Philadelphia and New Jersey; here for New York City, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut; here for Boston, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern Connecticut; and here for southern Maine.
Also included in those links are some of the powerful wind gusts that accompanied the storm. Check ‘em out! It’s not wonder that some seawalls on Cape Cod suffered damage and some areas were flooded with storm surge.