A historical look at the earliest snowfalls in Rochester

October 26, 2017 11:01 PM

Did you know the first average snow flake in Rochester is on October 23 typically?

Now the first measurable snow is not until the 8th of November with the first inch on the 20th. Now will it snow on these days?  Typically… no. Remember these are the averages which take in the extremes of late and early snowfalls.

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And this is rather interesting, the earliest ever snowflake in Rochester was on September 20, 1956. A map in the video above actually shows a weather map from 1956 which indicates a deep low pressure area that brought unusual snow that year.

But that was a while ago and many may feel disconnected, but how about 2006 -- just over a decade ago when we had the earliest measurable snowfall on record at the Rochester airport? That was a lake effect event though and for our friends just south of Buffalo it was much more than less than an inch snow.

Some there saw a few feet of snow accumulation. So the key thing to note is any year can be a record year. Dating all the way back to the 50s through now. This year the way things are trending our first snow may be a little later than the average. I do want to note the latest measurable snow on record was December 10, 1948. If you don’t like snow, that would have most certainly been your year.


Robert Speta

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