*** This Post Has Been Updated as of 11/2022 ***

- As of November 2022, it appears Orchard Park, NY has shattered this record with at least 70' inches in 24 hours. -

According to My Radar, Orchard Park, NY saw 66 inches of snow in 24 hours, breaking the old record

The Original Story

We've endured some major snowstorms here in New York through the years, what's the most amount of snow to ever fall in one spot in just 24 hours?

Coldest New York Temperatures Ever

According to Weather.gov., the lowest temperature ever recorded in Poughkeepsie was on January 21, 1961, when the mercury fell to a bone-chilling -30 F. For Newburgh, their coldest temperature ever was February 8, 1967, when it hit -20 F. Of course, there could be even lower temperatures recorded for other areas north of Poughkeepsie and Newburgh, or in higher elevations.

The coldest recorded temperature ever in New York state was -52 F on February 18, 1979, in Old Forge, which is a small hamlet in Herkimer County.


How is the Weather Killing People in NY?

According to NOAA, the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the entire United States each year is extreme heat, followed by flash floods, and then tornadoes. So, how does this look for New York state?

According to the map, in parts of the Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island, the leading cause of death is also extreme heat. This makes sense if you think about it, for a lot of structures in the region are very old, and not all buildings or homes have any sort of air-conditioning.

For most of New York state, the leading cause of death-by-weather is actually flash floods.

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All-Time Snowfall

According to records, the all-time highest 24-hour snowfall amount was 49 inches, which fell in Watertown on November 14–15, 1900. Hudson Valley Weather though says the previous 24 hour state record was 50” in Camden NY in 1966, which may mean that some of the records for as far back as 1900 were not always accurate.

As of November 2022, it appears Orchard Park, NY has shattered this record with at least 70' inches in 24 hours.


LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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