Single-day snow record 26.6 inches in NYC

Pedestrians walk in New York, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. A massive winter storm buried much of the U.S. East Coast in a foot or more of snow by Saturday, shutting down transit in major cities, stranding drivers on snowbound highways, knocking out power to tens of thousands of people. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK (AP) —The 26.6 inches of snow that fell in Central Park on Saturday is a one-day record for New York City.

The National Weather Service says the overall accumulation — 26.8 inches — is the second-most for a single storm in city history.

Meteorologist Faye Barthold says all but two-tenths of an inch of the city’s accumulation fell on Saturday, surpassing the previous one-day mark of 24.1 inches on Feb. 12, 2006.

Officials say the total of 26.8 inches that fell in Central Park during the storm is the second-most since officials began keeping snowfall records in 1869. That narrowly misses tying the previous record of 26.9 inches from February 2006.

Snow stopped falling in New York City shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

A travel ban keeping non-emergency workers off the roads was lifted early Sunday. Transit officials expect a gradual return of service.

At least 20 deaths have been blamed on the weather.

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