Raphael Miranda's forecast for Sunday, February 16. (Published Sunday, Feb 16, 2014)
A snowstorm that churned into the region Saturday dumped 7 inches on Long Island and nearly 3 in parts of New York City, helping push this month into the rank of being the third snowiest February on record.
Central Park has now logged 55.6 inches of snow this winter, and 27.3 just this month. Central Park's average snowfall for an entire winter is 27 inches. The record is 75 inches of snow that fell during the 1995-96 winter season.
The snow began developing late morning and ended in the night. The eastern end of Long Island saw more than 7 inches, New Jersey got 3 inches, parts of Connecticut had 6 and Westchester had nearly 2.
All the snow this week has caused a number of structural issues. In Teaneck, N.J. a solar panel roof at the William Cullen Bryant School came crashing down onto several parked cars Saturday night. No one was injured.
The mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, is asking to residents to avoid driving through the city if possible because of a salt shortage
, a problem throughout New Jersey.
Another snowstorm is expected to hit the area Monday night into Tuesday, with the potential to dump several inches of snow. Tuesday morning's commute will likely be a messy one.
Relief is on the way later in the week, as temperatures are expected to warm up, possibly hitting 50 degrees by Friday.