Winter Storm Update: Nor'easter wallops the New York City, Tri-State area

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- A major nor'easter walloped New York City and the Tri-State area to start the weekend, producing more than a foot of snow in some parts and near blizzard conditions at times.

The National Weather Service did confirm a blizzard along the New Jersey coast, across Suffolk County, and in New London, Connecticut.

The three criteria for a blizzard are blowing or falling snow, winds of at least 35 miles per hour, and visibility of a quarter mile or less for at least three hours.

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As the fierce nor'easter took shape overnight Friday, it became a 'bomb cyclone' according to the National Weather Service. In a 12-hour period, from Friday night to Saturday morning, this storm dropped 26mb (0.77") which qualifies this storm as a bomb cyclone. Bomb cyclone is less technical term meteorologists often use to refer to bombogensis, which is when a storm undergoes rapid strengthening.

While the storm has wound down through much of the area, gusty winds and hazardous conditions remain a concern Saturday night into Sunday.

The eastern end of Long Island and parts of the Jersey shore were hit the hardest as snow showers brought close to two feet.

Kristin Thorne has more from Port Jefferson

Islip recorded at least 22 inches of snow into Saturday evening, and Bayville in Ocean County recorded 21 inches.

This nor'easter has given Atlantic City its snowiest January on record, beating out January of 1987, which tallied 20.3 inches of snow.

So far, locations around the area have recorded as much 16 inches.

Meanwhile, Central Park in New York City picked up roughly 7.5 inches.

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The storm was accompanied by strong wind gusts, which will cause blowing and drifting.

High temperatures will only reach the low 20s and those blustery winds will make it feel more like the single digits. We'll see subzero wind chills overnight.

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