OSWEGO, NY – Thursday’s bout with Old Man Winter is not among the earliest of arrivals for snow in this area. But, it’s likely earlier than many people would have wished.
Just 0.1-inch had fallen by 5 p.m., the 24-hour timeframe Bill Gregway, local observer for the National Weather Service, uses.
“It was kind of slushy out there tonight,” Gregway said Thursday night. “It came and went all day. Earlier in the day it didn’t stick; it was mostly all snow pellets.”
However, right around 5 p.m. the area “got a good burst” and then another “big blast” around 7 p.m., Gregway noted.
By 8 p.m. there was more than an inch on the ground in most places with more falling overnight.
Fulton was one of the areas which was hit the hardest by the snow.
Four inches of snow was recorded in Fulton on Thursday.
The early season snowstorm was punctuated by some thunder and lightning around 8:45 p.m.
According to Gregway’s figures, since 1899 the earliest snow came in August 2008. That was actually one inch of some damaging hail.
The snow snow totals are as follows: 0.1-inch in September of 1899 and another 0.1-inch also in September, this time 1985.
We received 10.3 inches of snow in October of 1895.
Other snow totals for October are: 5.0 inches in 1904, 3.2 inches in 1930, 3.8 inches in 1972 and 3.4 inches in 1997.
For the winter of 2011-12 the first measurable snowfall was on Nov. 11. Oswego received 0.3-inch while Fulton got 2 inches.
For last winter, Oswego started on Nov. 27 with just 0.6-inch and Fulton had 0.5-inch the same day.
Oswego and Fulton didn’t get any snow in the winter of 2009-10 until Dec. 1 – 1.3 inches and 1 inch, respectively.
For the winter of 2008-9, Oswego started with 0.1-inch on Nov. 10 and Fulton started on Nov. 16 with 1 inch.
Fulton started the winter of 2007-8 with 1.25 inches on Nov. 7. It wasn’t until Nov. 18 (0.1-inch) that Oswego received any snow.
In the winter of 2006-7 Oswego got 0.5-inch on Nov. 3 and Fulton got 0.5-inch on Nov. 2.
Oswego received 0.1-inch on Oct. 27 to start the winter of 2005-6. Fulton waited until Nov. 17 (2 inches).
At the start of the winter of 2004-5, Oswego got 1.4 inches on Nov. 9. Fulton got hit with 6.75 inches that same day.