2006-02-17 / Front Page

Blizzard Dumps 15.4 Inches On Rockaway Roads

Tribute Park in Rockaway Park and its Firefighter’s Memorial were covered in a few inches of snow on Sunday afternoon. For more photographs, see page 68.Tribute Park in Rockaway Park and its Firefighter’s Memorial were covered in a few inches of snow on Sunday afternoon. For more photographs, see page 68. Despite the fact that Rockaway escaped the record 26.9 inch snowfall recorded in Manhattan’s Central Park, the peninsula was knee-deep in the white stuff by Sunday morning last week, enough snow to keep the motorists grumbling and the kids happy.

According to National Weather Service statistics, Rockaway experienced 15.4 inches of snow between Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, John F. Kennedy Airport, just north of Rockaway across Jamaica Bay, recorded 16.7 inches with many nearby Nassau County towns recording 16 to 17-inches of snow.

Weather experts say that the large snowfall was due to “Thundersnow,” which mimics a summer thunderstorm and caused more than four inches an hour to be dumped on much of New York City, including Rockaway.

Police sources say there were a number of fender-benders during and after the storm, but no major accidents and no fatalities could be attributed to the storm.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which had about 500 customers without power across Long Island, reported no outages in Rockaway or Broad Channel.

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