- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - It’s almost official. The National Weather Service says its preliminary findings confirm that the New York City area did, indeed, have a blizzard on Jan. 23.

Meteorologist Tim Morrin said Tuesday that research shows blizzard conditions occurred in New York City, on Long Island, and in the metropolitan area of New Jersey.

The city’s northern suburbs just had a big snowstorm.

The Weather Service has until the end of March to complete its data for publication, which is the final step in making the declaration.

A storm becomes a blizzard when certain conditions occur for at least three hours during the warning period.

That means visibility was a quarter-mile or less due to falling or blowing snow - and wind gusts reached at least 35 mph.

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