A record that stood for over 120 years in the city of Albany was broken today. A complex double barrel low pressure system brought a thump of snow to the Capital Region early on Wednesday morning, with snow falling moderate to heavy at times into daybreak, before changing to rain. The official measurement at the Albany International Airport turned out to be a record snowfall for the date.
According to the National Weather Service in Albany, New York, 3.6 inches of snow was unofficially measured at the airport today, which breaks the previous record for February 27, which was 3 inches set way back in 1891.
The monthly total for February now stands at 11.1 inches, which is only 0.9 inches below the 30-year average of 12 inches.
After receiving close to 4 inches in the Capital Region overnight, precipitation changed to rain in the valley locations into mid-morning, melting a lot of the newly fallen snow which was very wet with snow to liquid ratios ranging from 8:1 to 10:1.
With today's snow, the official seasonal snowfall total to date at Albany is 30.7 inches, which is 15.4 inches below the normal total to this date of 46.1 inches. Last year at this same date, Albany had only measured 14.2 inches in what ended up to be one of the least snowiest seasons on record for the city.
Looking ahead, March can also be a snowy month in Albany with a 30-year average monthly total of 10.2 inches, but the most snow in any month on record for Albany fell way back in March of 1888 when 50.9 inches was measured.
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