Snow Fall Reminds New Yorkers That it Truly is WinterAired January 20, 2000 - 2:01 p.m. ET
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ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: The snowstorm is blamed for several deaths, including a driver in central New York who's pickup truck slid into a snow plow. People all over the East Coast are seeking shelter from the snow, and our Gary Tuchman is in New York City, and they're getting it, aren't they, Gary?
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We sure are, Andria.
The snow has now been coming down for about eight hours, and as we continue to experience it we can tell you one thing it is not: It is not the blizzard of 2000, or the blizzard of double-zero, or the blizzard of zero-zero or whatever they'll call the first blizzard. What it is, however, is a storm that New Yorkers are saying reminds them that winter has indeed arrived, because there has been no measurable snowfall until today.
They're expecting two to five inches of snow to hit the ground before this day is over, and considering the fact that the last three years there's also been very little snow, it is a reminder to New Yorkers that it does indeed snow in New York City.
I mean, take this as an example: Over the last three years, many people who lived here in the city have bought sleds for their children, yours truly included, and buying sleds has not proven to be very useful for a lot of people because of the fact that -- excuse me, we're OK, we're have a little problem with our audio, but we're OK -- buying sleds have not proven to be very useful, because you haven't been able to use them here in the snow because there hasn't been enough snow, and indeed right now there still isn't enough snow, but we're hoping that eventually there will be for the people who have bought sleds. They want their children to go sledding.
But that's the situation in New York right now. Two to five inches we expect. And they also expect snow to come down this Sunday night into Monday morning, so there very well may be even more snow. The weather is expected to stay very cold, and that will continue to leave the snow on the ground.
One thing we should point out to you, that if you're thinking that this is all global warming, the reason for there being very little snow on the ground in places like New York City, consider that, in fact, that in the year 1995, '96 that season there were 75 inches of snow in New York City, the most snow this city has ever received in recorded weather history. This is Gary Tuchman, CNN, live in New York City.
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