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At least 4 killed as powerful storm dumps record-breaking snow, U.S.

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At least 4 people died and more than 120 000 customers were left without power after a powerful Nor'easter hit the U.S. East Coast on Saturday, January 29, and Sunday, January 30, 2022. More than 16 million people were placed under winter weather alerts.

The storm rapidly intensified into a bomb cyclone on January 29 dropping heavy snow and producing hurricane-force winds. The heaviest snow was recorded in eastern Massachusetts where 78.48 cm (30.9 inches) was registered in Stoughton, about 32 km (20 miles) SW of Boston.

Snowfall rates in Boston reached 5 – 10 cm (2 – 4 inches) per hour, but even higher rates were registered in Norfolk County.1

Numerous locations broke daily snowfall records on January 29, including Boston which tied the record for biggest 1-day snowfall with 59.9 cm (23.6 inches).

The storm total is 60.4 cm (23.8 inches) but 5 mm (0.2 inches) fell on January 28. Its previous daily snowfall record for January 29 was just 93.9 cm (3.7 inches) set in 1928.

According to an AccuWeather analysis, the total of 60.4 cm (23.8 inches) makes for the seventh-largest snowfall event in Boston history.

Atlantic City, New Jersey crushed its all-time January snowfall record by Saturday, reaching a monthly total of 84.3 cm (33.2 inches) of snow. The previous record of 51.5 cm (20.3 inches) was set in 1987.

The city's 35.5 cm (14 inches) of snow Saturday also beat its previous record for the calendar date, which was set in 2014 at 18.5 cm (7.3 inches).2

The entire Northeast was covered in snow before the event was over. The average snow depth, as of January 30, was 31.4 cm (12.4 inches) while the maximum was 117 cm (46.1 inches).

Image credit: NOAA/GOES-16, RAMMB/CIRA, TW. Acquired at 14:30 UTC on January 30, 2022

The storm is blamed for the deaths of at least 4 people. 

Three of the dead were found in the snow next to their shovels on Long Island, New York, on Saturday, while a snowplow driver found an elderly woman dead inside her vehicle overnight in Uniondale, NY.

The total number of flight cancellations within, into, or out of the United States reached 5 000. More than 2 600 flights were delayed within the country alone.

References:

1 Boston buried after nor'easter dumps 23.8 inches of snow – AccuWeather

2 Thousands lose power in the brutal cold after a bomb cyclone dumps record-setting snow – CNN

Featured image credit: NOAA/GOES-16, RAMMB/CIRA, TW. Acquired at 14:30 UTC on January 30, 2022

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