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Storm summary: 2014 ushered in by major snowstorm and bitter cold

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A major winter storm impacted upstate Eastern New York and adjacent Western New England starting on Wednesday (New Year’s) night, January 1, 2014, and lasting through the morning hours on Friday January 3, 2014.

A record breaking 24 hour snowfall total of 7.1 inches was recorded at the Albany International Airport on Thursday, January 2, 2014. This broke a previous record that was over 25 years old, set back in 1987.

The snowfall was the result of two low pressure systems that converged upon the mid Atlantic coast during the afternoon and evening hours of January 2, 2014. Snowfall began during the evening hours on New Year’s night, in response to a low pressure area over the central plains states, which would slowly track east of northeast through the overnight period. The circulation around this low pressure area would cause moist air to overrun a strung out frontal boundary, extending from the low pressure area into the mid Atlantic states. This caused a light snowfall to break out over the Capital Region.

The early morning hours on Thursday, 1/2/2014, would see an Arctic cold front sag southward across the Capital Region, allowing for temperatures to drop from the teens above zero during the previous night, to the single digits above zero by the time that snow had begun, in earnest, over the region during the mid to late morning hours on Thursday. The bulk of snowfall would occur with temperatures barely above zero across the region. Such cold temperatures lead to a fluffy snow that would accumulate rather easily.

Winds picked up from the north and northeast during the afternoon and overnight hours on Tuesday, gusting to between 20 and 25 MPH at times. Blowing and drifting of falling and fallen snow occurred. These winds, coupled with temperatures near, to slightly below zero, brought wind chills well below zero across the Capital Region and vicinity. The wind chill dipped below 20 below zero at times at the Albany International Airport.

By the time the storm wound down early in the morning on Friday, bone-chilling cold was left in its wake. Temperatures on Friday barely rose above zero, and remained below zero in some of the higher elevations and the north country. Wind chills would once again dive into the teens and twenties below zero at times on Friday.

While portions of eastern New England picked up in excess of 15 inches of snow from this storm, a general 5 to 15 inch snowfall occurred across the bulk of the upstate eastern New York and western New England area. According to a National Weather Service statement issued Friday afternoon, here are a few total snowfall amounts from around the region.

  • 17.5 (Summit in Schoharie County)
  • 15.5 inches (1 mile east of Greenville)
  • 14 inches (Duanesburg)
  • 12.5 inches (Howes Cave)
  • 12.4 inches (6 miles south-southwest of Schenectady)
  • 12 inches (Voorheesville)
  • 11.8 inches (Niskayuna)
  • 11.2 inches (Amsterdam)
  • 11.1 inches (1 mile southwest of Albany, NY)
  • 11 inches (Colonie)
  • 11 inches (Cairo)
  • 11 inches (Schoharie)
  • 10.7 inches (3 miles east of Schenectady)
  • 10.5 inches (Central Park in Schenectady)
  • 10.5 inches (East Greenbush)
  • 9 inches (Glenmont)
  • 9 inches (Fonda)

For a more comprehensive list of snowfall amounts, please visit this link: http://tinyurl.com/mkwhw4l. Data for the above snowfall accumulations was obtained from the National Weather Service in Albany, NY.

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