Snow it begins! The first flakes of the winter season have arrived in Upstate New York.

The Adirondacks may be in peak fall foliage but higher up, Old Man Winter is making a visit already.

Snow appeared on the summit of Whiteface Mountain just as it closed for the summer/fall season. Don't worry, it'll be back open for winter the day after Thanksgiving.

Credit - Whiteface/Facebook
Credit - Whiteface/Facebook

First Snow in 2022

The snow is a little late this year. In 2022, the first snowflakes of the season appeared on September 23. And there was a lot more of it.

2023 Snow

Credit - Lake Placid Legacy Sites/Facebook
Credit - Lake Placid Legacy Sites/Facebook

2022 Snow

Credit - ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station via Facebook
Credit - ASRC Whiteface Mountain Field Station via Facebook

Earliest Snow in New York

How early has snow started falling in Central and Upstate New York?

Winter doesn't officially begin until December 21. However, sometimes there is snow soon enough to make a Halloween costume big enough to fit over winter coats.

Lowville received 4 inches as early as October 1 back in 1944.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created an interactive map to see when the first flakes of the season fell all across the country.

Earliest New York Snow

October 1, 1944: 4 inches of snow in Lowville
October 1, 1946: .6 inches of snow at Syracuse Hancock Airport
November 1, 1951: 1 inch of snow in Delta
October 14, 1958: 1.5 inches of snow in Forestport
September 27, 1980: .3 inches of snow in Old Forge
October 11, 1987: 4 inches of snow at Oneida County Airport
Octber 22, 1988: 1.1 inches of snow in Frankfort

Hardy Central New Yorkers don't mind a little snow early or even late in the season.

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