Winter is here. The first snow of the season has arrived in New York.

Whiteface Mountain had several inches of the white stuff Thursday. Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway was covered and there was over 5" at the top of the mountain after yesterday's first snow fall.

Snow in mid October is nothing new for New York. We've seen Winter arrive off the mountain in central New York even as early as October first, according to the National Weather Service.

  • September 27th, 1980- Old Forge reported .3 inches of snow.
  • October 1st, 1944- Lowville reported 4 inches of snow.
  • October 1st, 1946- Syracuse Hancock Airport reported .6 inches of snow.
  • October 1st, 1946- Little Falls reported .4 inches of snow.
  • October 4th, 1974 - Cooperstown reported .10 inches of snow
  • October 5th, 1965 - New Berlin reported 3.5 inches of snow
  • October 10th, 1987- Hinckley reported 1.0 inches of snow.
  • October 11th, 1987- Oneida County Airport reported 4 inches of snow.
  • October 11th, 1987- Utica saw .40 inches of snow.
  • October 14th, 1958- Forestport reported 1.5 inches of snow.
  • October 22nd, 1988- Frankfort saw 1.1 inches of snow.

Luckily it wasn't cold enough or all that rain in central New York this week would have been snow.

1 inch of rain equals 13 inches of snow, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory. And most of us had over an inch of rain, some close to 2 inches. That would have been a lot of snow, especially in October.

I'll take rain over snow any day. But it is coming and if the meteorologists are right, it'll be wetter than normal winter.

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