By Dan Hart – Jan 21, 2012 8:43 PM GMT+0000
The New York City metropolitan region got as much as 6 inches of snow today as the first snowstorm of the winter tracked up the U.S. East Coast.
The National Weather Service said as much as 4.3 inches (12 centimeters) of snow fell in Central Park. Northwest of New York City, in the town of Greenville in Orange County, 6 inches had fallen, while 6.3 inches were on the ground at Orient in Suffolk County.
“This is sort of what you expect in January,” said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist for AccuWeather.com Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania, in a telephone interview. “It has been a bit more cold recently and we finally got some precipitation.”
The last time more than an inch of snow fell this late in January was on Jan. 30, 2007, when 1 inch came down in New York, Pydynowski said. Philadelphia received its first inch or more of snow from that same storm, he said.
He said Boston was to get about 3 inches of snow today. Temperatures in New York hovered around 26 degrees Fahrenheit (-3 Celsius) this afternoon, while in Boston it was 21 degrees.
In New Jersey, 7 inches of snow was reported in the town of West Milford, while 6.5 inches fell in Oakland in Bergen County, the weather service said. More than 8 inches was tallied in Hamden, Connecticut.
Philadelphia recorded 2.5 inches of snow, while less than an inch fell in Washington.
About 350 flights were canceled at the three New York-area airports, with another 325 suspended at the Philadelphia, Washington-area and Boston airports, according to Flightaware.com.
Yesterday, the same storm system blanketed parts of the Midwest and caused hundreds of flights to be canceled in cities stretching from Chicago eastward.
Joliet, Illinois, recorded 9.1 inches from the storm, while 9 inches came down in Dyer, Indiana, in Lake County. The Chicago suburb of Homewood had 8.6 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Seven inches of snow was recorded in Asbury, Iowa, in Dubuque County as well as Bellevue, Iowa, in Jackson County.
In the U.S. Northwest, about 194,700 homes and businesses in Washington state remained without power today after heavy snows and ice there, as well as in Oregon and Montana.