Thursday, October 24, 2013

First Snow of the Season Falls

Whiteface Oct 24, 2013 (ORDA Photo)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. Snow on Oct 24, 2013Although 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.

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John Warren

John Warren has been exploring the woods and waters of the Adirondacks for almost 50 years. After a career as a print journalist and documentary television producer he founded Adirondack Almanack in 2005 and co-founded the geolocation services company Adirondack Atlas in 2015.

John remains active in traditional media. His Adirondack Outdoors Conditions Report can be heard Friday mornings across the region on the stations of North Country Public Radio and on 93.3 / 102.1 The Mix. Since 2008, John has been a media specialist on the staff of the New York State Writers Institute.

John is also a professional researcher and historian with a M.A. in Public History. He edits The New York History Blog and is the author of two books of regional history. As a Grant Consultant for the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, he has reviewed hundreds of historic roadside marker grant applications from around New York State for historical accuracy.

2 Responses

  1. Terry Rozycki says:

    I’m here in Old Forge on the road to McCauley and I have 5″ (yes that is correct) 5″ on my sun deck. As you go down my driveway it get less and in town the 2.5 is correct. Sure is beautiful, but quite a surprise.

  2. Harold says:

    I consider myself so fortunate to live in a region of the country where on Columbus Day weekend we kayak camped in the Saranacs in sunny 70 degree splendor and today I wake to read that snow fell in Old Forge. God, I love the ADK’s!

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