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New York Snow: Snow Slams Northeast

October Snow
Train tracks are seen covered in snow outside Long Island Railroad railyard, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in New York. A classic nor’easter made its way along the East Coast Saturday and is expected to dump anywhere from a dusting of snow to about 10 inches throughout the region. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)
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Train tracks are seen covered in snow outside Long Island Railroad railyard, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Karly Domb Sadof)

Many Long Islanders cross their fingers for a white Christmas, but Halloween, not so much.

This year, it was an one unusually white Halloween—This weekend, a snowstorm fit for February dumped over 2 feet of snow in parts of the East Coast.

New York City’s Central Park even set a record for the month of October with a reported 1.3 inches of snow.

According to the Huffington Post, National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro says 1.3 inches of snow had fallen at the park as of 2 p.m. Saturday, making this the snowiest October there since records began being kept in 1869.

The storm spurred states of emergency to be declared in New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and parts of New York yesterday.

The storm, according to CSmonitor.com, was to blame for at least three deaths though most of damage from the storm came in the form of downed power lines.

The storm reportedly knocked out power for over 2 million in the northeast with more than 70,000 customers left without power in New York City, Westchester and Long Island alone.

“A rare October snowstorm has left millions of customers in the Northeast US without power,” said The National Grid in a statement on their website. “The early winter weather caused wet snow to fall on trees still heavy with leaves – causing falling branches and downed power lines. National Grid crews are out in force restoring power to customers in a number of our communities experiencing outages. Please select your region below to learn more. ”

LIPA is reporting over 700 customers have been affected in the Long Island area but say most of the electricity has been restored.
“As of Sunday morning, virtually all damage from Saturday’s Nor’easter has been repaired and more than 23,000 affected customers have had their electric service restored. LIPA crews continue to work to restore service to individual customers in many locations,” said LIPA in a statement on their website. “We anticipate that those remaining isolated customers will have power by this afternoon.”

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