A very early season Nor'easter dumped inches (in some cases feet) of snow across the northeastern U.S. over the weekend. Dubbed "Snowtober" on social media channels, this historic snowfall affected millions of people throughout the northeast, from the mountains of West Virginia/Virginia through Pennsylvania, New York, and much of New England.
As of Monday morning, there are still over 2 million people without power across the region. One reason for the rash of power outages is because the heavy wet snow fell on trees that had not lost their leaves yet, creating a great deal of weight, snapping limbs and branches onto power lines. In addition, the amount of snow was enough to create serious infrastructure issues in many locations.
The map below shows the approximated snow depth as of Sunday morning. Highest snowfall totals were observed in west and central Massachusetts into southern New Hampshire and Vermont (where elevation was a factor in the totals). Some of the snow totals were over 20 inches! One of the many records broken was in New York City, where Central Park recorded it's first 1" October snow in recorded history (which goes back 130 years!). Hopefully the historically early and heavy snow storm won't portend a rough winter.
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