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Let's hope we don't need the plows just yet.

The forecast for tonight includes the possibility of snow accumulation (and it's snowy big fluffy flakes as we post this). It's being described as "rare" and "early" snow.

OK, so when's a typical first snow around here?

We called up Brian Frugis at the National Weather Service office in Albany. He says the Capital Region usually gets its first accumulation of snow during the third week of November. So an inch or two tonight would be about a month ahead of a typical year.

Brian says the earliest local snowfall accumulation came on October 4, 1987 in a storm that dropped 6.5 inches. There are a few observations of flurries earlier than that, though. The records say there were flurries sighted on October 1st in 1946.

And what about the latest first snowfall in the Capital Region? November 27th. In 1889 the area saw its first snow of the season -- only a trace -- on that date.


Too late!! It's snowing in downtown Albany. At least it's supposed to be in the 50's on Friday!

We live in upstate NY - I don't understand why we're always surprised to see snow. Me included.

Quick! Close the schools tomorrow, get out the snow tires! Permission to freak out!?

@Lola: It is funny how that works.

I'm thinking maybe we should start an "Icy, Snowy Apocalypse Watch" feature here on AOA.

Ah, the great blizzard of '87. We were without power for a week at my apartment on Western Ave. The tree exploding in the front yard as it fell over was pretty impressive about 6am.

First precipitation of the season always makes a mess no matter where you live. when I lived in San Francisco we had the same effect the first big rain every fall.

I'm always amazed by how many people, that have lived in upstate NY for years, can't drive in the snow or freak out when they have to. I mean a good portion of our year is spent in the'd think they would get used to it.

My husband grew up in Syracuse and he thinks Albanians are wusses when it comes to snow - far too much complaining about far too little snow :)

@Wendy: Yeah, they use a whole different measuring stick in Central New York. I think 12 inches there is considered a dusting.

And I'll never forget seeing it snow in May there.

It's all relative... they use different measuring stick downstate, too. My in-laws on Long Island think we live in the North Pole. They get 1/2 an inch and panic down there!!

No kidding....FUNNY story.

I was in Price Chopper yesterday afternoon (in Latham) to get a loaf of bread, and the lady in front of me had 6 gallon jugs of water and around 30 bucks in batteries, to "gear up for the storm tonight".

I think even the check-out girl laughed at her.

@Mike: I know the woman in Price Chopper may have seemed ridiculous to you, and I'm not disagreeing that people tend to overreact to the first snowstorm each winter, but I work for the Red Cross, and I can't tell you how many people suffer during power outages and storms because they DON'T prepare.

The fact is, yesterday's storm wasn't insignificant. People in the Mohawk Valley got 8" of snow, and more than 5,500 people lost power. Things weren't bad in Albany, but for people who rely on well water and lost power, 6 gallons of water is enough for a family of four for about a day and a half.

Just wanted to put things in perspective. I'll get off my soapbox now.

Maybe the people who are "panicking" about the snow really want a reason to stay home and take the night off!?

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