According to a statement from the National Weather Service in Albany, New York, 6.5 inches of snow fell at the Albany International Airport on Friday Mar. 8, 2013, setting a record maximum snowfall for the date. The previous record was 6.2 inches, set in 2005.
With 3.1 inches falling before midnight on Thursday evening, the storm total for the event in Albany was 9.8 inches. This is the highest single snowfall total for the winter of 2012-2013, which now stands at 41.5 inches to date as of Saturday. This is still 8.5 inches below the seasonal average to date of 50 inches. The 30-year average seasonal snowfall for Albany is 59.1 inches.
Despite the recent snowfall, high pressure will return to the Capital Region this weekend with milder temperatures well into the 40's and perhaps flirting with 50 degrees. As of the time of this article on Saturday afternoon, the temperature in Albany was a rather pleasant 49 degrees.
Temperatures look to remain mild into early next week ahead of an approaching storm system and associated cold front. While the week will start out warm with temperatures forecast in the lower 50's on Monday, another cold shot looks to arrive by mid to late week with below average temperatures returning. In between the change of air masses, a potential significant rain event is in the forecast for Tuesday.
- Check out Upstate NY Weather for updated information on the Capital Region forecast.
Also, don't forget! Daylight Saving Time begins tonight at 2 a.m. as the clocks "spring forward" one hour. It is also a good time to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.
Any weather-related decisions should always be made after consulting proper statements and forecasts from the National Weather Service.
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