Map Shows Snow Dumped on Northeast After Major Storm

Map of Snow Depth - Jan. 22, 2014
A map of snow depth across the northeastern United States on Jan. 22, 2014. (Image credit: NOAA)

The northeastern United States was hammered by a blustery storm yesterday (Jan. 21), leaving some places buried under more than a foot of snow, as seen in a map from the National Weather Service.

Officials at the NWS' Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md., called the storm the "biggest snowfall event of the season thus far." A map of snow depths produced by the National Climate Data Center showed that some 98 percent of the Northeast was covered in snow.

The highest snow accumulation from yesterday's storm was recorded in Manalapan, N.J., where 1.3 feet (40 centimeters) of snow fell on the township, according to the NWS. The storm also dumped 10.5 inches (27 cm) of snow on Greenwich, Conn.; 10 inches (25 cm) on Newark, N.J.; and 13.5 inches (34 cm) over parts of Philadelphia.

In New York City, 11 inches (28 cm) of snow was recorded at Central Park, while 8.1 inches (21 cm) fell at LaGuardia Airport. The storm wreaked havoc on air travel, with 3,000 flights canceled nationwide yesterday, and another 1,400 flights canceled today, reported USA Today

Snow is expected to continue falling across the Mid-Atlantic states and parts of New England, and blizzard warnings remain in effect for portions of southeastern Massachusetts, according to the NWS.

But while most of the country east of the Rocky Mountains is experiencing a cold blast, the weather in the western U.S. and Alaska has been warm and dry.

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Denise Chow was the assistant managing editor at Live Science before moving to NBC News as a science reporter, where she focuses on general science and climate change. Before joining the Live Science team in 2013, she spent two years as a staff writer for, writing about rocket launches and covering NASA's final three space shuttle missions. A Canadian transplant, Denise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University.