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New York City sees biggest snowfall of unusually mild winter



New York City sees biggest snowfall of unusually mild winter

The National Weather Service (NWS) measured 1.8 inches of snowfall.

New York:

New Yorkers on Tuesday saw something they’ve rarely seen this winter: snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) measured 1.8 inches (4.6 cm) of snow in Central Park, the first time more than an inch had been recorded there all season.

New York usually gets a blanket of white at least twice a winter. But this year has been a largely snow-free season due to unusually mild temperatures.

The flakes, which began Monday evening, brought the seasonal total to just 2.2 inches in Manhattan’s famed green lung.

Although it did not last long. By mid-morning most of the snow had already turned to slush as the rain picked up.

Several school districts in the city remained closed Tuesday to prepare for the first heavy snowfall of the season.

The New York City government’s Office of Emergency Management also issued a travel advisory from 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) on Monday until 1:00 pm on Tuesday.

New York is expected to get its first serious dusting of snow around mid-December. Last season it came on Christmas Eve.

This year it came only on February 1st, when nearly half an inch was recorded in Central Park. It was the latest first snowfall since records began in 1869.

Meteorologists define snow in NYC as snow that measures at least 0.1 inch in a park.

While heavy precipitation has meant much rain in New York City and the surrounding Atlantic coastal regions this winter, a few hundred miles to the north have been hit with deadly snow.

In December, at least 39 people were killed when up to 40 inches (one metre) of snow fell in Buffalo, New York state, near the Canadian border.

New York City has never had a complete cold season without a measurable amount of snow.

Scientists say that due to climate change, winters are getting warmer and shorter.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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