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NYC’s 700 day snow draught persists after nor’easter

Parts of New York’s Hudson Valley got up to 15 inches of snow from this weekend’s nor’easter, which was mostly a rainy dud in the five boroughs, extending New York City’s nearly 700-day snow drought.

Plattekill, in Ulster County had recorded 14.6 inches of snow had fallen by 8 a.m. Sunday morning, and Norfolk, Connecticut had received 12 inches and Poughkeepsie saw 11.5 inches, according to the Fox Forecast Center.

Manhattan’s Central Park only notched a paltry 0.2 inches of powder Saturday evening before snow turned into rain and sleet, forecasters said.

New York City has still not seen more than an inch of snow since February of 2022.

“We have not broken our one-inch benchmark for snow in 692 days,” Fox Weather meteorologist Marissa Lautenbacher told The Post Sunday morning.

Rain was expected to continue drenching New York City well into the afternoon Sunday before the storm system moves out of the region, but snow was expected to continue falling in the interior regions of the tri-state area, Lautenbacher said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Saturday that two-thirds of The Empire State was expected to get at least eight inches of snow, and said it was “fortunate” that the storm spared the “more populated areas downstate.”

“That’s a pretty tight gradient worth of snow like New York City essentially receiving close to nil versus only 50 miles away…receiving literally like a foot’s worth of snow,” Lautenbacher said.


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The snow quickly turned into rain on Saturday, which is expected to continue into Sunday afternoon. REUTERS

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The city’s snow-draught continues since it has been nearly 700 days since an inch of snow has been recorded. REUTERS

Last year, a measly 2.3 inches of snow fell in the Big Apple in total — the least in recorded history for a city where over a foot of snowfall was not out of the norm until recently, largely due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

New Yorkers shouldn’t get their hopes up for a snow day any time soon either, Lautenbacher warned.

The next storm system heading for the region, which is starting in the central US and expected to move north, will only bring more rain.

We’re going to see more of a rain threat and flooding with that because, again, we’ll be on the warm side of the storm. New York just like simply just didn’t get cold enough,” Lautenbacher said.

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