Which State Got The Most Snow During Blizzard 2016? It's Gonna Be A While Before It Digs Its Way Out
When the snow finally melts and Americans in the Northeast are able to put down their shovels and emerge from the snowglobe that was the East Coast this weekend, one state will walk away with bragging rights guaranteed to last them until, well, until the next big winter storm. So, how do snowfall totals stack up across the East Coast and which state received the most snow during the blizzard of 2016?
Residents in West Virginia will find themselves shoveling out of the most amount of snow, with a whopping 42 inches recorded by the Weather Channel in Glengary and 40.5 inches measured roughly 25 miles east in Shepherdstown, according to data from the National Weather Service. To put West Virginia's snowfall into context, the average American 4-year-old is about 40 inches tall. The state is expected to declare a snow day and keep its 55 school districts closed Monday as the state gets to work clearing roads and digging out school parking lots, Metro News reported. Other areas of the state recorded snowfalls from 10 to 18 inches.
Virginia saw a blanket of snow 39 inches thick in Philomont, an unincorporated community about 25 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., the Weather Channel reported. National Weather Service employees measured 36 inches of snow in parts of Loudoun County on Sunday.
Storm Jonas buried parts of Maryland under more than 3 feet of snow, with the National Weather Service reporting 38.5 inches in North Potomac and the Weather Channel recording 38 inches about 174 miles west in Redhouse. Snowfall at Maryland's Baltimore-Washington International Airport hit 29.2 inches to break the airport's previous record snowfall of 26.8 inches in Feb. 18, 2003.
Parts of Pennsylvania were socked with snow, with residents near Greencastle having to dig out of 38.3 inches of snow, according to the Weather Channel. An estimated 500 vehicles — including a busload of Duquesne University men's basketball players — were stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for 24 hours over the weekend due to heavy snow, CNN reported. The road was cleared late Saturday.
In New Jersey, Morris Plains saw 33 inches of snow, the Weather Channel reported. Multiple areas of the state also suffered major flooding due to high tides and a travel ban was issued to keep motorists off the roads. Unofficial numbers from the National Weather Service showed 27.4 inches of snow in Somerville and 27.5 inches at Newark Airport as of early Saturday evening.
New record snowfalls were measured Sunday at both La Guardia Airport and JFK Airport in New York, but the state's highest snowfall — 31.3 inches — was measured in Port Richmond on the North Shore of Staten Island, the Weather Channel reported. Weather Channel data also shows snow piled up to 27.9 inches at La Guardia to break a previous record of 25.4 inches from a Feb. 12, 2006, storm. Snow continued to fall and disrupt flights at JFK, reaching 30.5 inches to best a record of 26 inches set Feb. 18, 2003.
With six states seeing over 30 inches of snowfall, Storm Jonas has undoubtedly left its mark on the East Coast.