“The Williamsport regional airport has made history,” the State College’s National Weather Service said, reporting 24.7 inches of snow. Forecasters said it was the most snow there since a single storm on record, breaking the previous record of 24.1 inches set in January 1964.
Most of western and central Pennsylvania saw double-digit accumulations.
Boston already broke the snowfall record on Dec. 17, recording a 9.1-inch drop since midnight Wednesday, said a National Weather Service meteorologist in Norton, Massachusetts.
“It’s the new record right now, and it will probably be over before it’s done,” said Bryce Williams. The previous snowfall record on December 17 was recorded in 2013 when 6.4 inches fell in Boston. The high elevations in the Berkshires saw the most snow, over a foot, in Massachusetts. Moderate to heavy snowfall is expected through Thursday afternoon, with another 3 to 4 inches accumulating before slowly diminishing.
Nearly 40 inches of snow was dumped over Binghamton, New York on Thursday morning, with widespread reports of snowfall over 3 feet in Broome County.
A spokesperson for the National Weather Service said the storm set a new two-day snowfall record. The previous record was set in March 2017 with a drop of 35.3 inches.
It took 23-year-old Fred Cullin over an hour and a half to make his way out of his steep driveway on Lake Ithaca, New York, which was packed with almost 3 feet of snow piled up by plows.
“It was pretty crazy,” Cullin said. “Shoveling uphill on the ice was really interesting. ”
He then went to work at a brewery about 45 minutes north, noting, “The roads are pretty darn brutal. I drive in an area where I usually go around 60 km / h and drive around 40 km / h just to be safe. ”
Dangerous road conditions have been reported in several states, causing dozens of crashes in New Hampshire, Connecticut and eastern New York. New York State Police said a snowmobiler was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer on I-787 in downtown Albany early Monday.
The storm came at a critical time in the coronavirus pandemic, although officials said they did not expect the winter blast to disrupt vaccine distribution. COVID-19 vaccines began being administered to frontline health workers earlier this week.
Overnight snowfall eclipsed the total amount recorded for all of last winter in New York City, where 6.5 inches of snow covered Central Park – far less than the original forecast of up to 12 inches. There was only 4.8 inches of snow in New York City last year.
The storm caused the closure of outdoor dining spaces in New York City that were set up on roads during the pandemic and fitted with heaters and other features for the winter.
Coming just days after the state closed restaurants inside the city again, the storm “couldn’t have come at a worse time,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance , an industrial group. “This poses huge financial challenges for many restaurants, along with all the stress of securing outdoor dining facilities for the weather, while hoping that what they have invested their money in will not be destroyed by the snowstorm.
AP journalists Thalia Beaty contributed from New York; Sophia Tulp from Atlanta;