Nineteen inches of snow helped set a new record snowfall for the month of January in New York City. But snow-weary residents of the tri-state area shouldn't expect any relief soon.
"I've lived in New York 70 years, and this year is the worst I remember,'' said Lenny Eitelberg, 77. "It's the continuity of it. It just keeps coming. Every week there's something new to be worried about. It's almost become comical.''
Over the next few days, there will be a few more chances for snow and temperatures will stay on the chilly side. A series of weak and fast moving clipper systems will bring chances of snow on Friday starting around mid-morning and then again Saturday afternoon and evening.
Accumulations should be light, a dusting to an inch in spots.
The bad news comes as city and has suffered through the snowiest January since the city started keeping records, besting 27.4 inches set in 1925, according to Mayor Bloomberg said. Most of the region got walloped:
Central Park 19"
Marine Park 17.5"
Jersey City 16.0"
Huntington Station 18.3"
Nineteen inches of snow fell on New York City atop the 36 inches it had already seen so far this winter; the city typically sees just 21 inches for the whole season.
The snowfall snarled commutes, shut down subways, delayed commuter lines, forced school closures and forced the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at the regions major airports. The city of New York also shut all non-emergency city government offices.
Though the snow and the city's response was not as disastrous as the post-Christmas blizzard that crippled the region for two days, there were still incidents. Once again, commuters got stuck on an MTA train. And two young girls in the Bronx were hospitalized after breathing in carbon monoxide as their mother dug out their car, which had its tailpipe blocked by snow.
In cities and towns across the region, folks are plowing and piling up all that snow until there's no place left to put it.
"We're running out of room in the parks," says Hackensack City Manager Steve LoIacono. "Out on Main Street, all that snow -- we had no place to put it after we moved it off the roads."
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