Snow falls in Central Park in May, tying 1977 record

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A dusting of snow covers tree branches in Stowe, Vt., on Tuesday May 5, 2020.

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Manhattan, N.Y. — A Polar Vortex brought a dusting of snow to Central Park and frigid temperatures to the surrounding area early Saturday morning, according the National Weather Service.

The snow, recorded by the Central Park Automated Surface Observing System, ties the record for latest snowfall of the year set on May 9, 1977, according to the NWS.

The trace of snow also means the month of May officially has the same amount of snowfall that was recorded in February at five of the weather agency’s six climate sites across the metropolitan region.

While Manhattan, Boston and many other coastal areas received only a few flakes, some higher elevation areas in northern New York and New England reported 9 inches or more.

Arctic air from the polar vortex is expected to stick around for most of Mother’s Day weekend, when temperatures are typically in the upper 60s and 70s.

The overnight temperature in Central Park dipped down to a record low of 34 degrees, with a wind chill that made it feel closer to 25 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record in the Central Park was 35 degrees, set in 1947.

The high temperature Saturday is expected to top out in the upper 40s or low 50s.

Wind will continue to be a factor as well, with gusts between 30 and 40 mph during the day on Saturday. That will make it feel closer to 40 degrees.

Saturday night will be another cold one, but the wind should be backing off. Temperatures will drop down into the upper 30s to around 40 degrees as the wind starts to shift more southwesterly. The chance of hitting the record low of 36 degrees (1966) will be lower.

Mother’s Day will feature some improvement. The sun will bring temperatures up toward the lower 60s by the afternoon. It will still be on the cool side since the normal high is supposed to be closer to 70 degrees.

This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press.

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