NYC hit by nor’easter, covered in a foot of snow

Amanda Salazar, Editor-in-Chief

“White Christmas” came a little late this winter as a nor’easter made landfall last weekend, starting with flurries throughout the day on Jan. 28 followed by continuous snowfall until 3 p.m. on Jan. 29.

The storm brought about a foot of snow to some parts of New York City, and reports prior to the storm estimated that nearby Maine and Connecticut would see up to 18 to 24 inches of snow — potentially double the city’s totals.

In Midtown Manhattan, there were 7.5 inches of snowfall in total, while southern Brooklyn saw up to 12 inches.

“No matter how difficult the weather is, we’re going to ensure city services continue to run,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams tweeted. “Stay home, stay safe, and stay warm NYC!”

The snow was falling so heavily at some points between the evening of Jan. 28 and the afternoon of Jan. 29 that New Jersey had a snowfall rate of up to 2 inches per hour. The rapid snowfall stretched to Connecticut as well, where the number reached 3 inches per hour.

Adams took a “tour” of the snowstorm on Jan. 29, stopping in three of the five boroughs to check conditions and how the Department of Sanitation New York was faring in its cleanup efforts.

“It’s a good day to stay home if you don’t have to go out,” Adams tweeted while touring the Bronx.

Before the snow started to fall, City Hall advised people to stay inside on the day of the storm unless they absolutely had to leave their houses, such as Department of Sanitation workers, New York City Police Department officers, New York City Fire Department workers and public transit staff.

Not all New Yorkers listened to this guidance, though, as local parks throughout the five boroughs featured some people taking their dogs and children out into the snow to play.

But those who did go out in the snow braved freezing temperatures, as the numbers dropped after the final snowfall to the low and mid teens, and even into single digits after nightfall. Jan. 30, the day following the storm, was even colder, with temperatures around 10 degrees and wind chills near zero.

The snow will likely continue to cause delays to garbage and recycling pick up, as well as mail and package delivery in the days following the storm.