Several inches of snow fell on New York City during the ongoing Winter Snow Warning.
Manhattan saw varying levels of snowfall throughout the county. It is reported by the National Weather Service that Harlem accumulated 3 inches of snow as of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night while Central Park had 10 inches as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning. The southeast section of Greenwich Village had 9 inches of snow as of 6:45 a.m. on Thursday and a section of Washington Heights calculated about 9 inches of fall snow as of 7 a.m. this morning.
Brooklyn saw a lighter amount of snowfall compared to other boroughs. Areas of Flatbush ranged from 3 to 3.7 inches as of last night while Coney Island reached 4 inches as of last night.
Areas of the Bronx have accumulated over 10 inches of snow — as of 6:30 a.m. this morning, part of the Woodlawn Heights neighborhood had 10.5 inches of snow. Other areas, such as the Riverdale neighborhood, only had 6.7 inches of snow as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
Out in Queens, snowfall ranged from lows of 3.5 inches in areas of Jackson Heights to highs of 8 inches in sections of Astoria and Whitestone and 11 inches in Jamaica. As of 4 a.m. this morning, another area of Jackson Heights saw 7.5 inches of snow. As of Wednesday night, Ozone Park had 6 inches of snow, Bayside had 5.5 inches, and another area of Whitestone had 4.2 inches.
As of 7 a.m. today, LaGuardia and JFK airports had 9 inches of snow and 6.2 inches of snow, respectively.
Staten Island saw consistent levels of snowfall, with the northwest Todt Hill gaining 5.3 inches of snow (as of 9:18 p.m. Wednesday night). and the northeast area of Todt Hill having 5 inches (as of 11:48 p.m. Wednesday night).
By 7 a.m. on Thursday, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) had completed at least one snow plowing and salt pass on every street citywide. Roadways should be largely clear by early afternoon, and DSNY will move from streets to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure as soon as roadways are clear. These operations will continue for the next few days. Beginning at 7 p.m. this evening, New Yorkers can report icy or snowy roadway conditions via 311.
DSNY remains focused on snow removal at this time, therefore recycling and trash collection has been suspended. If needed, residents may continue to place their material at the curb. Alternate side parking will also be suspended through Saturday, Dec. 19 to facilitate snow removal. Parking meters remain in effect.
DSNY will be hiring emergency snow laborers for Dec. 18-19. Shifts will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with laborers earning $15 an hour. Individuals who have pre-registered will be contacted by the Department for reporting details, and anyone not yet registered can do so on-site. Find out more at nyc.gov/snow.
Open Restaurants can resume outdoor roadway dining starting at 6 p.m. today. Restaurant owners should take steps to protect their patrons and employees and should not push snow into the roadway. DSNY has conducted targeted salting on Open Restaurants corridors to improve traction control. Drivers to be particularly cautious this evening, as slippery and icy conditions are possible.
Owners, lessees, tenants, or other occupants are responsible for clearing snow and ice from sidewalks no later than 5:00 p.m. today and must create a clear, continuous 4-foot path where possible. Corner properties should clear a path to the crosswalk, including pedestrian ramps. Snow and ice may not be pushed into a street or crosswalk. Snow may be piled at the curb line, against the building, or on private property. Property owners and businesses who do not comply may be subject to a fine of $100.
The Department hopes to restart collection in the next few days, but once collection resumes residents may continue to experience delays. We appreciate New Yorkers’ patience and understanding as we work to catch up. The Department normally collects about 12,000 tons of trash and recycling on typical day and may collect as many as 20,000 tons per day in the wake of a snowstorm.
Many New Yorkers posted their snow photos and videos to Twitter welcoming the first snow of the season.
— umay mohamed 🎈 (@umaymohamed) December 17, 2020
— Oscar | evermore (@FalseGod28) December 16, 2020
— Milica Pejanovic (@MilicaPDJ) December 17, 2020
— MikeRoda (@MikeRoda) December 17, 2020
The blizzard continues, although the winds are mild. A kid out sledding. Manhattan looks gorgeous the morning after (or in this case during) a snow storm. Relishing this beauty after over a year. Last winter was snowless. #NYC pic.twitter.com/SxTgd6DPTq
— Gaurav Sabnis 🇮🇳🇺🇸 (@gauravsabnis) December 17, 2020
— elephantLVR (@LvrElephant) December 17, 2020
Updated at 2:39 p.m.