New York Winter Storm Photos and Videos Show Big Apple Blanketed in Snow

Snow has been falling across the Northeast, where a winter storm has also led to strong winds, freezing temperatures, disruption—and beautiful scenery.

In New York City the snowfall came at a rate of 2 inches an hour on Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Central Park had 6.5 inches of snow and sleet by midnight, the service said.

A winter storm warning remained in place for the city on Thursday morning, with anything up to a further 9 inches forecast to fall that day as the nor'eastern continued.

Amateur and professional photographers were out capturing the scenes last night.

The Rockefeller Center's world-famous Christmas tree was pictured by Gary Hershorn as he took in the sites around Manhattan.

Wandering around midtown Manhattan in the snow tonight in New York City #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc @agreatbigcity #snow pic.twitter.com/M44bWYvlpG

— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn) December 17, 2020

In Times Square, another Twitter-user took video of people throwing snowballs, making snowmen, and traversing the icy roads.

Snowing at Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, 9:04 PM, Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

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One snowman in the square was given a face mask in a sign of the times. Indoor dining has been banned in New York City since Monday.

A snowman in Times Square NYC
A snowman with a face mask in Times Square, on December 16. The nor'eastern hit the city as most people worked or studied from home due to anti-coronavirus restrictions. Noam Galai/Getty
A snowball fight in New York City
People hold snow balls during a snow storm in Times Square on Wednesday night. Some schools that have been holding in-person classes closed on Thursday. Noam Galai/Getty

New Yorker Rad Alzyoud shared a walk-through video of Times Square as the snow came down early on Thursday morning.

Times Square in Manhattan - Morning on Dec 17 2020 #WinterStorm #SnowStorm2020 #snowstorm #Manhattan #NewYork #NewYorkCity pic.twitter.com/zefwWnhV1d

— Rad Alzyoud (@rad_alzyoud) December 17, 2020

The storm brought a blast of cold to the Big Apple, with temperatures dropping to -4 degrees overnight. Leaving some frozen stiff...

Walkers through Central Park were met by a sea of white on Thursday morning.

Good morning from Central Park! pic.twitter.com/qElhsp148g

— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) December 17, 2020

This stunning photograph, below, was also shared on Instagram with the caption asking: "Who was lucky to walk in the snow in the City last night?"

On Tuesday, ahead of the storm, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asked New Yorkers to take public transportation rather than use their own cars.

"We have not had a lot of storms like this in the last few years, thank God," de Blasio told reporters. "This could be the biggest storm in several years."

Busy bus stops were pictured in the city on Wednesday night.

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However, one man was pictured getting around Manhattan on skis.

A man on skis in New York
A man skis past a large American Flag through Times Square during a snow storm on December 16, as the North Eastern storm hit. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

The difficulty in getting around was perhaps best summed up by NBC New York meteorologist Matt Brickman, who shared this video crossing into New York from New Jersey on Interstate-287's Mario Cuomo Bridge.

He said winds were pushing around the vehicle he was in, despite travelling 40 mph under the speed limit. "If you don't have to be on the road right now, don't," he wrote.

Wind on the Gov Mario Cuomo Bridge is no joke. Gusts are pushing #StormChaser4 around. If you don't have to be on the road right now, don't be. #NYwx pic.twitter.com/6AJ7DuVJcv

— Matt Brickman (@Matt_Brickman) December 17, 2020

Indoor dining has been banned in New York City since Monday due to COVID restrictions. But it appeared even snow could not stop these people embracing outdoor dining.

Only in New York, people will still go for outdoor dining, during a snowstorm!! #NYCSnow #Outdoordining pic.twitter.com/daw6OwYQfE

— MikeRoda (@MikeRoda) December 17, 2020

What does a Winter Storm Warning mean?

A vast area in the northeastern area of the U.S. is under a Winter Storm Warning, which means that forecasters are confident that a winter storm will produce snow, sleet, freezing rain, or ice that could cause significant impacts and anyone under this warning should take action now.

Areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia are under a Winter Storm Warning.