Another Blast of Winter Brings More Than 8 Inches of Snow

Central Park got 5 inches, the National Weather Service said

By Storm Team 4
|  Sunday, Dec 15, 2013  |  Updated 3:26 PM EDT
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The tri-state got another snowy blast of winter Saturday that brought more than 8 inches snow to some parts of the area, hitting the counties north and west of New York City the hardest.

The storm complicated travel and brought down a tree branch that fell on a transformer in Mount Kisco, which exploded into a fireball and caused a power outage to hundreds in that part of Westchester. Power was restored within a few hours.

The highest recorded total in our area was 8.5 inches in Orange County.

More than 7 inches fell in Westchester, Orange and Putnam counties, while Connecticut's Fairfield County also saw that much. In New York City, the Bronx had 7 inches while Central Park saw 5, the National Weather Service said.

The high Sunday is forecast at 40, but a brisk wind will make it feel much colder. Temps will dip back down Monday with highs in the 20s.

Saturday's storm began with light snow in the morning before the flakes grew heavier and fast-paced in late afternoon. A line of rain continued north as night fell.

Drivers who ventured out said the roads were treacherous.

"I had to be on the road, so I'm on the road, but the roads are not easy," said one Westchester dad who had to drive with his daughter to her dance recital in Stanford, Conn. Saturday night.

"My daughter and I were counting, there were only seven cars we passed," he said. "Those were the other seven people that should not be on the road."

The speed limit on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike was lowered to 45 mph for most of Saturday because of the heavy snow.

"One minute it's snowing like a blizzard, the next minute it's like icy rain," said another driver.

Airlines canceled about 940 flights because of the storm, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest. Almost 350 flights into and out of Newark, N.J., were canceled.

"It's a pretty bad day for Newark," said Mark Duell, a spokesman for FlightAware, a website that tracks commercial airlines. About 40 percent of Newark's 900 flights were cut, he said.

The New York City Department of Sanitation said it had crews out all night into Sunday.

Expect plenty of melting snow Sunday with temperatures rising into the mid and upper 30s. Temperatures are expected to drop again overnight and refreezing will likely occur.

Colder temperatures return on Monday. A weak storm is possible Tuesday bringing another chance for some snow and rain. No serious accumulations of snow are expected.

Here are your forecasts through next week.

TODAY: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy and chilly.
HIGH: 40.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear with a frigid breeze.
LOW: 24

TOMORROW: Mostly sunny, breezy and very cold.
HIGH: 30

TUESDAY: Snow/rain showers
HIGH: 37

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and cold
HIGH: 35

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cold
HIGH: 39

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy and milder
HIGH: 50
 

--Checkey Beckford and Jonathan Vigliotti contributed to this story

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