On Monday, the weather service predicted 18 to 24 inches of snow in New York City. By late Tuesday afternoon, Central Park was covered with a little more than 7 inches of snow with rain and sleet still falling. Other areas, including upstate New York and Connecticut, received more than a foot and a half of snow. Swaths of Pennsylvania were walloped by 20 to 30 inches of snow.
Carbin said a last-minute change downgrading snowfall totals might have given people the wrong message that the storm was no longer a threat.
At AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, our forecast for New York (as well as other cities along I-95) was much more accurate than the NWS forecast as reported by AP. This what we forecast at 4pm CDT on Monday:
For Philadelphia, we forecast 6 to 12" and the amount amount was 8 inches.
And, for Washington, DC, we forecast 3 to 6 inches with an actual amount of 3 inches.
A friend of mine on Facebook (thanks, Andrew!) forwarded a link to Rush Limbaugh's transcript of yesterday's program. With regard to the storm. Rush said,
These guys at the National Weather Service couldn’t even forecast where a blizzard was gonna hit 24 hours out, and it was on the map! We saw the blizzard! And they even gave themselves outs. I looked at AccuWeather.
Thanks, Rush, for noticing our Superior Accuracy™.