With Christmas right around the corner now, the children of the nation will be laying their heads to sleep at night, hoping and praying that they’ll awaken to a blanketing of soft, supple snow on the ground.
In Upstate New York, this blanketing was more like a battering this week.
With the official start of winter just days away, Mother Nature began doling out a full-blown monster of a winter storm. The storm began to take shape Wednesday morning, as AccuWeather meteorologists had predicted since last week, with snow, ice and rain stretching from the Ohio Valley all the way down to the Southeast. Heavy snow and whiteout conditions encompassed northern and central Pennsylvania through southern New York state and southeastern New England during Wednesday night. As AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno put it, “All the ingredients” had come together to bring a major nor’easter to a huge swath of the eastern United States.
By early Thursday morning, many areas across central and northern Pennsylvania had picked up 1-2 feet of snowfall with flakes continuing to fly. Around Binghamton, New York, snow totals had already exceeded 2-3 feet. In New York City, more snow has fallen with this storm than all of last winter.
Twitter users shared the devastation online.
DISAPPEARING ACT: One New York resident's deck furniture disappeared under a reported 40" of snow that fell in Binghamton, as a nor'easter pummeled the Northeast with wintry weather. https://t.co/kHx6fltQE5 pic.twitter.com/iMMjEzClhr
— ABC News (@ABC) December 17, 2020
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Check out this impressive snowfall that took place in/around Binghamton, New York where over 40 inches of snow fell and at points during the storm it was snowing 4-6 inches AN HOUR! #NYwx pic.twitter.com/YHyMDkxpnZ
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) December 17, 2020
— Lettermwordhairletteri (@MrsMhairiDRSMB) December 17, 2020
Near Binghamton, NY here .. nearly 3 ft. and still snowing. My nephew in the road walking to the town garage to plow at 2 am. It's still snowing! pic.twitter.com/JmG8SN0OyW
— ~ Lisa 🌊 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@lisapr1113) December 17, 2020
— jenniferwoltjen (@jenniferwoltjen) December 17, 2020
New York City, known more for its cold than its snow, also saw nearly a foot of precipitation in Central Park.
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