The first snow of this winter season has been reported across the Adirondack region. A band of lake effect moisture brought some snow to the higher elevations of the western and southern slopes of the Adirondacks and an Almanack reader on our Facebook page reported that as much as 2.5 inches fell near Old Forge today.
Flurries and minor accumulation were reported in the High Peaks, including at Whiteface. Snow was also reported in Paul Smiths, Lake Placid, Indian Lake, Newcomb, Schroon Lake and into northern Warren County, including Warrensburg and at at Gore Mountain. At least some flurries were reported in Malone and in Clinton County. Considerable snow was expected in Lewis County and the Tug Hill region. Although such records are not easily obtainable for areas inside the Blue Line, the National Weather service in Buffalo reports that the average date of first snowflakes in Rochester is October 23, with the first measurable snow falling there on November 8, and the first inch on November 20.
The earliest ever snow at Rochester fell September 20, 1956 with the last ever measurable snow there falling on December 10, 1948.
Whiteface plans to open, weather permitting, on November 29th.
Photo of Whiteface this afternoon courtesy Whiteface / ORDA; radar of lake effect moisture courtesy NWS Buffalo.