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Record-Setting Snow Totals For Winter Storm Jonas

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Winter Storm Jonas has blanketed Long Island and NYC with record snowfall.

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Winter Storm Jonas may be over for Long Island and the rest of the East Coast, but the amount of snow it has left has ensured that it is still very much a central focus. Though it was the first noteworthy snowfall of the winter, the storm came out swinging and pummeled Long Island with the most significant snowfall in recent memory, according to information provided by the National Weather Service. In Nassau County, Hicksville received an astounding 29.6 inches of snow, whereas Commack tops the list for Suffolk County with an equally-impressive 26.5 inches. With every town receiving at least 14 inches of snow, it is no overstatement to say that the entire Island has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

Nearby in Manhattan's Central Park, 26.8 inches of snowfall has been recorded, making Winter Storm Jonas the second-largest snowstorm NYC has experienced since 1869. Brooklyn decided it would not be undone and logged 27 inches, with JFK Airport in Queens topping the list with an incredible 30.5 inches.

Though the sun is shining bright today, the temperatures are still brutally cold and the roads are still likely to be dangerous. Be sure to take extra care if you are planning to drive today, and give yourself plenty of time for the commute tomorrow, as delays are all-but guaranteed.

Here are the reported snow totals for towns across Long Island:

Nassau County

  • Baldwin - 28 inches
  • Bellmore - 16 inches
  • Bethpage - 23 inches
  • Carle Place - 24.1 inches
  • East Meadow - 16.8 inches
  • Floral Park - 23 inches
  • Glen Cove - 18 inches
  • Hicksville - 29.6 inches
  • Island Park - 24 inches
  • Massapequa - 25.2 inches
  • Merrick - 23.4 inches
  • New Hyde Park - 23 inches
  • North Merrick - 25.8 inches
  • Plainview - 20.4 inches
  • Seaford - 19.5 inches
  • Wantagh - 25.1 inches
  • Westbury - 18.5 inches

Suffolk County

  • Bay Shore - 26 inches
  • Calverton - 16 inches
  • Commack - 26.5 inches
  • Coram - 22.5 inches
  • Eastport - 19.5 inches
  • Farmingville - 22 inches
  • Huntington Station - 17.9 inches
  • Holbrook - 22 inches
  • Islip - 26 inches
  • Islip Airport  - 23.4 inches
  • Kings Park - 16 inches, 20+ inch drifts (reader reported)
  • Manorville -  18 inches
  • Mattituck - 15.5 inches
  • Miller Place - 18 inches
  • Moriches - 17.5 inches
  • Patchogue - 24 inches
  • Port Jefferson - 22 inches
  • Sayville - 20.5 inches
  • Shoreham - 15 inches
  • Smithtown - 23 inches
  • Southampton - 14.5 inches
  • Upton - 18.2 inches
  • Yaphank - 22 inches

Have any great snow day photos? 
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Although snow days can be a lot of fun, they can also cause all sorts of issues such as delays, closures, and unsafe driving conditions. Be sure to stay informed - head over to the LongIsland.com Weather Center, Traffic Center, Traffic Cam Feed, and School Closings Page for all of the need to know updates you're looking for!

How much snow did your neighborhood get?
Let us know, and we'll be sure to update our Snow Total List!

[Source: The National Weather Service]