ALBANY, N.Y. — Talk about groundhog's day!
Snow fell for 66 straight hours in the city of Syracuse, N.Y., starting early Thursday morning and ending around noon Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
Lake effect snow off of Lake Ontario coupled with frigid temperatures led to 19.3 inches to fall on the central New York city over the three days, said weather service meteorologist Mike Murphy, who is based in Binghamton, N.Y.
"It was a pretty good lake effect event," said Murphy. "It came to 5 to 7 inches were falling per day, moderately for the three days."
He added, "Temperatures were very cold. A lot of blowing and drifting snow, too."
The steady snow in Syracuse capped an unusually frigid weekend across New York, with record lows in parts of the state.
In Dutchess County, N.Y., the Sunday morning temperature of minus 14 degrees broke the record for the day — set in 1970.
Late last week, temperatures with the wind chill nosedived to minus 24 in Binghamton and minus 18 in Rochester, N.Y.
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In Syracuse, the first week of January was the fourth-snowiest start to the new year, The (Syracuse) Post-Standard reported.
The city had 23.4 inches fall over that stretch, and it was the coldest start to the new year there since 1904, the paper said.