The first winter storm of 2014 brought a one-two punch to the northeastern United States – heavy snowfall on January 1-3, followed by bitter cold. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on January 4, as clouds cleared and crisp, cold air descended.
By the afternoon of January 3, snowfall totals ranged between 0.2 in (0.5 cm) along the southern edge of the storm to nearly 24 in (61 cm) in northern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service. Nearly 18 in (46 cm) was reported in Boston and in western New York state near Rochester. The storm closed schools, roads and airports, with more than 2,000 flights cancelled between January 2 and 3.
After the skies cleared, bitterly cold Arctic air swept across much of the United States, dropping temperatures so fiercely that at least 49 daily record lows were set across the country. According to news reports, record lows were broken or matched in locations in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. In the northeast, notable lows were 3°F ( - 16°C) in Baltimore, Maryland; 6°F (- 14°C) in Dover, Delaware, while in Pennsylvania , the city of Pittsburgh registered -9°F (-23°C)and Dubois hit -13°F (-25°C).