New York Winter

Snow on the Trees

A small snowstorm leaves snow on the trees.
A small snowstorm leaves snow on the trees. | Source

Background on New York Winters

There are actually people who like winter. Let me correct that, there are actually people who love winter! I know, since I live in New York you would think I am one of them, but I'm not. However, let me tell you about New York winter.

First, let me tell you a little bit about New York. New York State that is. New York is 54,560 sq miles. Out of that area, 47,213.79 is land area, ranking it as number thirty in the United States for land area and number seven in the United States for water area. It happens to be number seven for population as well. The thing is, when most people hear New York they think New York City, but there's lots more to New York than just New York City, as you can see from the land and water areas.

For those of you who don't know, though I don't see how, New York is located in the Northeastern section of the United States. The 'north' part should give you an idea we're heading toward some cold weather here.

On the shores of Lake Erie, lies Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo is a 'snowy city', but Wikipedia tells us it is not the snowiest in New York. Snowfall here can range between eighty and one hundred and sixty inches.Though that's a lot of snow, the area between Watertown and Syracuse receives an average of two hundred inches a year so I think it wins the prize for snowiest. Sorry guys, but I am happy to say I don't live near either of these places.

Just so you know, the average snowfall in New York City is twenty eight inches and here in the Hudson Valley it is forty-two. So you can see the average snowfall for New York State is all over the map, so to speak.

Of course snowfall puts you in mind of winter and that's what we're here to look at, winter in New York and what its really like. As you can see from the snowfall numbers things vary across New York State. Just as snowfall rates vary, temperatures vary.

The Northern Plateau of the state can average minus thirty five degrees while New York City's coldest temperatures average around five degrees, and just like the snow, the Hudson Valley is somewhere in between. Different temperatures depending on different conditions and different locations throughout the state.

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Old Time Snow Storms

A snowstorm in Queens in 1966.
A snowstorm in Queens in 1966. | Source
Back from our honeymoon and a blizzard hits Queens.
Back from our honeymoon and a blizzard hits Queens. | Source

Just Enough Snow

Just enough snow for sleigh riding. (January 2012)
Just enough snow for sleigh riding. (January 2012) | Source

Winter in New York

So, without leaving the State of New York, on the same day you can experience a mild winter day or go skiing on snow covered mountain tops. Without getting into a discussion about Global Warming, it is still safe to say, winters in New York are milder than they used to be.

Not that I'm that old, but I remember when. When? Well, when I was a little girl (back in the fifties) I remember lots of snow falling and I lived in Queens. Even when I first got married, we came back from our honeymoon after a lovely summer-like wedding day and had a full blown blizzard. However, what was a full blown blizzard to me, didn't even reach the record of New York snowstorms. It was bad enough to ground planes and keep people home from work as they tried to shovel out from under. In February of 1969, New York State saw anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of snow in a snowstorm that is on the records. February 1978 saw another snowstorm dumping between twenty and thirty inches across New York State. Notice I am not getting into the details of Northern New York because these 'small' amounts of snow don't effect them up north at all. At that time, when I was a little girl, it was always colder and snowed more in Upstate New York.

Oh, all the days of building snowmen, having snowball fights, sledding, freezing while trying to ice skate, and so many other winter pastimes. But, what happened to them? It seems they are becoming a thing of the past here. New York winters are not what they used to be. The winter of 2012 has seen very little snow and the temperatures have been very mild. As a matter of fact, some spring flowers have been fooled into thinking its time to shoot up! We've had cold weather, twenty degrees with a wind child factor of five, but we've had more warm days than cold if you average them out. They say the temperature is dropping .5 degrees per decade.

Last winter was dubbed the warmest winter on record, I wonder where this one will come in.

More Snow Pictures or Not

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Winter 2005
Winter 2005 | Source
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Winter 2007 | Source
Christmas 2008 - some snow
Christmas 2008 - some snow | Source
Christmas 2009 - no snow
Christmas 2009 - no snow | Source

This year, as in recent past years, skiing has taken a beating. Resorts offering skiing have even had problems making their own snow due to the weather. Rain and 'wetter' snow has also had an adverse effect on skiing.

Ice skating was always a family sport with us. We haven't done it in years because the ponds and small lakes freeze and re-freeze. The 'new ice' is then bumpy and not good for skating or its just too darn warm and the water isn't frozen down deep enough.

But all is not lost. We still see winter snowbirds, who either visit for the winter or have stayed through the summer. Skiing is not out altogether but the season is shorter. Of course if you are interested in New York City, the holidays in winter, make NYC even more appealing. Who doesn't love The Rockettes or Rockefeller Center with its huge Christmas tree?

Did I mention the Olympics were held in Lake Placid, New York? Though that was in 1980, Olympic State Park has over thirty miles of trails, and you can try your skill at a bobsled ride!

Winter Weather Terms

  • Winter Storm Watch - heavy snow with an accumulation of 1/2 in 24 to 36 hours.
  • Winter Storm Warning - heavy snow with an accumulation of 1/2 expected in 16 hours.
  • Winter Weather Advisory - Snow/sleet/ freezing rain or any combination expected in 12 hours.
  • Blizzard Watch - 35 mile per hour winds with 1/2 mile visibility.
  • Blizzard Warning - 35 mile per hour winds, 1/4 mile visibility and should persist for 3 hours.
  • Ice Storm Warning - heavy accumulation of ice - 1/2 inch thick.

Mohonk Mountain House

Winter with no snow.
Winter with no snow. | Source

Summary

The cold has not gone away. There is still a New York Winter. Last week temperatures were frigid all over the State. Why, for an entire week New York City wasn't above thirty three degrees. Can you imagine the temperatures as you move further north?

Winter hasn't gone away. Cold weather still visits New York, sometimes pulling up a chair and staying a while. There are weather alerts and advisories on the radio, TV, and of course the Internet to keep people apprised of what's coming their way.

We've looked at all the bad things about a New York Winter, except for a visit to New York City. What can you do outside of New York City in the winter? Well, do you like whipped cream, ice cream, or marshmallows in your hot chocolate? Hot chocolate must be the patron drink of winter.

You have to admit you can get some beautiful pictures in winter as ice forms in strange and hanging places. Many cities in New York State have fascinating attractions, from Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame to Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights. If you've never been to the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York, winter might be a time to try it. There are places in northern New York State like Old Forge and Newcomb, that turn into snowmobile heaven in the winter (providing they have snow of course). The have dedicated streets for snowmobiles. Snowtubing? You can go to western New York's largest tubing park at Kissing Bridge.

Winter and cold temperatures aren't the end of the world, (I have to keep telling myself that) especially in New York State where there's so much to see and do both inside and out. New York winter is just a cold weather pleasure trip to a great state.

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hi, Mary!

Very interesting and beautifully presented Hub! Thank you for sharing!

Here in southeast Washington, I'm noticing the same trend...a gradual mellowing of winter conditions. We have had a few flurries and one day when there were a couple of inches of snow, but nothing that lasts. Yesterday, the last day of January, was unusually warm and sunny. Meanwhile, on the other side of the state, near Seattle, water levels in the Puget Sound are slowly rising.

And yet there are still politicians claiming that global warming is a myth. Hmm...in the words of Led Zeppelin, "...and it makes me wonder..."


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

It makes me wonder too HawaiiO. BTW thanks for being the first to comment. I was iffy about the content of this hub. It didn't seem to say exactly what I wanted. Now that you've left this lovely comment I feel better. Stay warm and dry ;)


Vickiw 3 years ago

Hello Mary, I had a chuckle as I compared your lovely rosy-cheeked attitude on winter to my desperate whining! Not my fault really though. Two strikes against me: I spent most of my life in sunny South Africa, and never learned winter sports, and I am a gardener who finds winter a grim time here. Anyway, lovely Hub, and your photos are really interesting. Still hope spring comes soon though!


bluemolly 3 years ago

It's so interesting that your current description of New York weather is so similar to where I am, Reno, NV. Although your snowfall averages are much higher than down here on our valley floor, below the Sierra Nevada range, it feels and looks similar to what your Hub describes. The flip flop in temperatures from East to West this winter have really been crazy too. You're area was in the 60's while we didn't get out of the 20's for almost 2 weeks in early January! I enjoyed your Hub, I haven't written my first one yet and it's nice to find some interesting reads to get an idea of what is out there already.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I really enjoyed reading this. I happen to love snow if I don't have to go to work or be somewhere. Your photos are lovely and great information and so well written as always. Voting this up and sharing.


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JoanCA 3 years ago

This is such a well-written hub. Your pictures make me miss snow so much now that I live in California. I have to drive into the mountains to see any. I've heard the same thing about milder winters from other people on the East coast.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Oh Vicki, I can't imagine the change for you. I do imagine how lovely it would be to have warm weather all year but alas, I live in New York ;) Glad you found this interesting...waiting for spring!

Bluemolly, welcome. How nice to have you drop by. You have described the weather situation very well with our "role reversals". I wish you the best on HP and if I can ever be of help, just call on me.

Carol, I like to look at snow....that's about it. Glad you enjoyed.

I was fortunate enough to visit California once and I loved it. Beautiful AND warm ;) Happy to know you enjoyed my hub.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I enjoyed reading winter in New York, which is so different than Himalayan winter.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Mary, we may have found a topic we don't agree on, but I will have to qualify my statement when I say I love winter. I only love winter is we have snow, and this year we really haven't, so we are left with endless rain, and that I do not love. So bring on spring and let's get that garden started!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up and across. Thank you for reminding me where I live in the winter months. Ha ha. The first 40 years of my life I lived north of Syracuse and the stretch of land that sees so much snow between Syracuse and Watertown is referred to as the Tug Hill Plateau Region.

I worked in downtown Syracuse and at night driving home, I would literally see the solid curtain of white snow blowing across Route 81 north, by Syracuse International Airport. My house was on corner and when I would exit the car the end of the driveway would be up to my waist. I would trudge through the high drifts in my suit, knowing that once I changed clothes I would be spending a long time outside snow blowing my fool brains out. UGH!

22 years ago my work brought me south...90 miles south to be exact, but it is a world of difference weather wise. My wife is a school teacher and so far this year she had only 1 snow day and a delay today because of ice. It's Feb. 1st and so far this year I've only used the snow blower 3 times. I love living in the south. LOL


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leahlefler 3 years ago from Western New York

I live in Western New York and haven't been to Kissing Bridge yet - I should take my boys on a trip! We are in the Southern Tier and get heavy lake effect from Lake Erie - we have 4 degree (Fahrenheit) weather with 2 feet of blowing snow... and no snow day (it was a "fun" drive this morning - almost no visibility)! At least the snow brightens up those long, gray days.

We do love taking trips to Holiday Valley - it was voted as the #3 ski resort on the East Coast a few years ago. It's only about 90 minutes from our front door and is great fun in the winter (and has an alpine roller coaster now, too)! I wish lift tickets were less expensive, because we'd be there all the time in the winter if we could afford it!


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

As one who loves winter I find your hub very informative and interesting. Please convey my thanks to your son for giving us the opportunity to see your property as well.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I love Winter for a while, but by February I am always eager for Spring to arrive. I don't care for the cold, so when I go outside during the Winter I have to bundle up or I'll be miserable.

I live in Massachusetts now, but since Boston is along the coast, it is usually a little warmer than other parts of my state. But I am from Western Mass, and lived in CT not long ago, and have enjoyed some good snow in past years. Especially in the late 90's, as well as a few Winters ago. But I have noticed the past 2 Winters have been incredibly mild, and the weather has just been wacky!

This is a very informative article, and I enjoyed the snowy pictures!


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kenyanXstian 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

You should enjoy the winter, now that you do have it. We at the tropics do sometimes wish we could have the snow for a while; at least over Christmas.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Did someone just say, "New York winter?".....Can't hear very well with these ear muffs on.....and come to think of it, can't type well, with gloves on, so I'll make this short.......I think it was yours truly, who cursed the High temps and dreaded humidity during the sweltering summer months.

I should probably learn to keep my mouth shut, once in a while!. UP++


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Mary, I too live in New York on Long Island and could relate to this post tremendously. I was born in 1977 (e lived in Queens) and my mom always talks about the '78 blizzard. After this storm, she had to carry me to the doctor's with all this snow around for my checkup. Yup, still here that story and your post made me remember New York winters when I was a kid. Thanks truly for sharing and I very much could relate!!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Vinaya, you'll have to tell us about Himalayan winters...I have a feeling there's more snow there than here.

Oh Billy, snow is beautiful...if it only lasted for a day or two ;) I can't tell what season it is anymore. It was almost 50 yesterday and 30 today!

So PagesVoice you know all too well from whence I speak! I have no doubt you're lovin' winter in PA! Glad the snow blower got a vacation.

lealefluer I do NOT drive in snow. When I was working they used to send a car to get me and drive me home or I wouldn't go to work! I went skiing once but that's another hub. It is too bad the lift tickets have gotten sky high in price. Well, enjoy the coming snow ;)

Thank you Arun. I am glad you liked this hub. The hotel in my son's picture is not ours but one near our house.

Kathryn, so you know winter....sounds like things are 'better in Boston'. Glad you liked my pictures.

Oh Janine, I think I might be able to have a good chat with your Mom! Winters when we were kids (Yes, me too) were definitely more snowy. So glad you could relate and remember.


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Tilly:

We have just had a week of snow here. (The UK comes to a halt with an inch of snow!).

I notice kids don't throw xnowballs any more (its illegal I think), they don't skate of make slides on the street (the pensioner perils..also illegal I'm sure). 50% of our schools closed!! Kids just want their cellphones and Ipods these days...shame.

I have only been in New York once and was comped in the Waldorf!! The ONLY way for a visitor to see this great city.

Great article...Americans are much more enthusiastic about life than we are....The UK is awful these days.

Bob


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Sorry to hear winter is dismal for you Bob. We have a tendency to be "light-hearted" and not always serious enough, but we make do ;)


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byshea 3 years ago

I lived in Scranton, PA. for a couple of years when I was a pilot. I mainly flew at night. Not being from a snow state I was surprised to see plastic lawn chairs, trash cans, ice chests, and plastic tables in the street next to the curb the morning after a snow when I drove home. I thought these crazy people must have a block party when it snows! I soon found out however after parking my car near a chair, that it was a way of marking your territory after all the labor of digging your car out of the snow. I came home when people had already left for work and didn't know any better. Boy did I get and earful about being the ignorant Californian when I had taken some women's spot!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Snow brings out the 'best' in some people. Parking is difficult in some residential areas without driveways so their parking spots are golden. Hope you're back in the warm weather byshea.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Mary,

What an awesome hub on a state I lived in for 5 years. Well, I actually lived on 110th street in Manhattan, because I went to university there hahaha. A high school friend went to SUNY at Buffalo and he told us that in a snowstorm there in early 80s, his brother was stuck in his home, because the doors wouldn't open due to the height of snow accumulation. That never happened in NYC when I was there, but it used to get quite cold back then.

We had preconceived notion about winters of western NY state and southern Ontario. We all thought that they played hockey in their backyards on frozen ponds, that it sometimes even snowed in summers, that the shopping malls there don't sell summer clothing, etc. But of course, I loved hiking in the Catskills, canoeing in finger lakes, and visiting Ithaca to watch our school football team play against Cornell on chilly fall mornings and getting a beating on our way to making that longest losing streak in college football.

Thank you for writing a beautiful hub that brought many memories back.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for sharing this. I'm afraid I'm a bit of a lizard when it comes to weather.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Thank you so much for sharing this great hub.

So interesting and you are indeed a great teacher.

Here's to so many more from you.

Have a great weekend.

eddy.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. A great look at winter here in the northeast. Here in western Massachusetts we experience about the same weather as you. I must say that I have grown weary of the cold as I have gotten older. I usually look forward to that first manageable snowfall and then after that I've had enough. I remember the blizzard of 1978 when I was in RI. We had almost 40 inches of snow. And then of course last winter we had virtually no snow and a very warm winter, Go figure. Great job.


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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

After 2 years of summer & up to 43 degrees I long for a winter with snow falling which my husband has never seen , We leave next week for an overseas trip around the world so hope to see it then ! I have been to New York but in warmer weather , Voting you up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Suhail, sounds like you've been all over NY so you know from whence I speak! I know what you mean about what we hear about other parts of the state, though I also know when my son was at Plattsburgh he said they almost got frostbite just going to class!

MHatter, I could very easily hibernate!

Oh Eddy, thank you so much. Your compliments are humbly accepted and I know we will both be writing lots more.

Bdegiulio, I know exactly what you mean...we almost always remember the blizzards and bad weather, but when there is no snow we remember that more.

Freecampingaussie, first off I hope you have a great trip and get to see snow and everything you would like to see. Second, thank, you so much for reading and complimenting.


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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Also, Mary, needless to mention, because of the winters, western and northern New York was and still is hockey's land - Syracuse, Rensselaer, Rochester, Albany, Utica, Potsdam, so on and so forth.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I found this hub about winter in New York extremely interesting, thank you, Mary! Down here millions will surely die within a day when temperatures drop below -10C. We are not geared for your kind of cold. The coldest winter's day in my region could be -5C just before sunrise, when temps tend to drop to their lowest. We see snow only per chance once in a decade.

Fortunately humans are the most adaptable creatures....

Great hub, voted up :)


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

im not really a fan of cold weather but i think im going to love winter here in phils...


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Suhail, I always think of hockey and Canada :)

I had no idea that it ever got that cold in Africa Martie...I knew it got cold but not THAT cold! Yes we are adaptable but I prefer to adapt to heat :)Unknown, hope you do...winters can get cold and nasty!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I wish I could experience the winter here n Singapore. Very tropical and just a degree north of the equator! Thanks for sharing your experience in New York too! Sharing!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Wow, I can't imagine. Anytime you want to experience a New York winter let me know and I'll make up the guest room.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

You guys are supposed to get hit pretty hard this weekend. I lived in NYC for over 4 years and never had a huge snowstorm although I was hoping for one. Interesting hub!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Oh yeah, this is going to be a whopper. I'm bummed because we were supposed to go to NJ to see my three year old grandson but I don't think that's going to happen. On the bright side, I'll have more pictures to add to this hub ;)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

We're going to get a blizzard in Boston! I haven't noticed how much New York is going to get, but we might get 2 feet. I'm so excited! I have everything I need here in my apt, so I can just sit back and watch the flakes fall. I want one good storm, and then Spring can come.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

We're looking at anywhere from 6 to 18 inches...depends on how the wind blows! Stay warm Kathryn.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

You stay warm, too, and enjoy the snow.


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GoingOnline 3 years ago

I'm so jealous of that beautiful snow! I've always wanted to go to New York in winter, it looks beautiful :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Tillsontitan, How much did you get in that blizzard recently? I forgot to ask.

Boston ended up getting about 24 inches, although it was hard to tell from 15 floors up that it was that bad. It wasn't until I went outside two days later to check it out that I realized it was deeper than it looked. With the wind blowing the snow all over the place, too, it didn't look like it was accumulating as much as it did.

Happy Valentine's Day!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

The snow is beautiful GoingOnline, with its white blanket covering everything and making it sparkle, but, then you have to shovel it ;)

You got hit worse than we did Kathryn. We only got 12 inches.

Happy Valentine's Day to both of you!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Oh, I just saw the video slideshow with the Nemo pictures! I didn't notice it earlier. Beautiful!

Yes, we did get hit worse, but 12 inches is nothing to sneeze at. I'm just really glad I don't have a car, and my boyfriend's is in a parking garage, so we didn't have to shovel. I did see quite a few people having fun in the snow, though. During the time that cars were not allowed on the roads (24 hours), people were skiing and sledding on the roads! And from my window I saw an adorable little dog bounding through the snow! I think the only reason it wasn't over his head was because the wind was blowing the snow all over the place.


Mklow1 3 years ago

Wow! This article brought back a lot of memories. I lived in Queens for about 3 years and the first time I went upstate I fell in love! For a boy from the south it was like heaven and just like you said, when I thought of New York, I thought of the city. I am back south now(region of the country, not NYC, lol), but I always tell people how beautiful upstate NY is and how many times I thought above moving in one of those pretty little towns I drove through on the way to Cooperstown or Niagara Falls.

Another thing that surprised me is there is almost, for lack of a better word, a thermocline right above Westchester. Every November like clockwork, it always had snow, whether NYC had snow or not. Great article. Thanks for that walk down memory lane.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much for the wonderful comment and sharing your experiences and thoughts about NY, it really is a great state. I hope you are happy back in the south...remember, once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker!!


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klidstone1970 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

Boy, this is something that I'm definitely used to! We probably get close to the amount Buffalo gets in snowfall as I'm not terribly far on the other side of the border, but it still doesn't stay long enough for skating. My Dad would make us a rink every year growing up and it stayed until the spring melt. Now, although we would like to do that for our kids, the weather will not cooperate. At least there is public skating at the arenas! Thanks for a great hub, Mary!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know what you mean klidstone. We used to take our kids ice skating every winter, made big family affairs out of it. Now the ice thaws before you can get to enjoy it, then refreezes all bumpy. Glad you enjoyed.


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Diana Lee 2 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

You certainly get the snow in New York that's for sure. I live in northern Pennsylvania not far from the New York border. I work in New York state. I travel off one snowy mountain top where I live to go work top of an even higher mountain top. Snow country at its best on both counts. Four wheel drive is the only way to go.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

You definitely need four wheel drive Diana. PA often gets more snow than we do as we are in between the mountains. Thanks for stopping by.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

This was fascinating to read. New York really does have a wide range of ‘winter’ experiences.

I visited New York city once in winter. Our senior class traveled there on our class trip. We went ice skating and saw all of the decorations in store windows. We did see a few snow flurries but that was it.

I have experienced winter weather that made me feel it was ‘winter’ when I lived in South Dakota. O, my….blizzards and snow galore. But so many winter activities to do!!

Thanks for sharing

Angels are on the way to you today ps


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Jo_Goldsmith11 22 months ago

Oh the memories as I read this! :-) Erie Pa isn't that far from New York.

And with all the Lake Erie effect snow, we too had some miserable and fun times in all the snow that would hit us. I remember in 81' the Peek and Peek resort had to be shut down because there was a bit too much snow!

And it was stilling coming down so they closed up for a couple days.

Great photos and thanks for those long forgotten snow memories! :-)

Up all across the board. Shared too. ((((((((( tillsontitan )))))))


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tobusiness 22 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

I can feel the chill from New York all the way across the pond. I know this was written some time ago, but I see New York is in the thick of it again but not as bad as it used to be. People who believe global warming is a myth, haven't looked at the weather pattern over the years. During the Victorian era, the River Thames froze over creating the perfect ice rink for skating. I remember having to navigate my way through a mountain of snow to get to school every winter, but times have changed. I love the snow, but only when I'm tucked safely indoors looking out. Voted up all the way. Not responsible for the funny. :)


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

I can imagine South Dakota being cold and snowy Pat, worse than here for sure. There is much to do. We recently had a visitor from Ireland whom my kids took snowshoeing at Mohonk. He loved it!

Oh yes we are close Jo and share many weather patterns for sure! Glad I could evoke some memories.

I agree tobusiness. We are currently getting snow, looks like it could be a lot, but it's February after all! We went all through the December and January with just a dusting. Certainly wasn't that way when I was a child. Thanks for the votes.


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fpherj48 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

New York Winter. Oh Til.....such profanity. Six-plus decades of New York winters. Tons of snow, ice, frigid temps, blizzards, hazardous driving, outrageous heating bills, shoveling, plowing, downed trees & cables, being snowed in completely.

What's not to love?.............."New York Spring," I'm begging.....please.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

Me too GF. Not as bad as you Effer but over twelve inches today. Thought we were going to sneak through this winter but now I have a feeling it just came late. I'm ready for spring too!


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pagesvoice 22 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

For the first 40 years of my life I lived north of Syracuse and am all too familiar with lake effect snow. Driving north on Route 81 at night I could see the snow band pulling down the white sheet across the highway and I knew I was in trouble once I reached home. Lo and behold the plow had gone by and my driveway was buried up to my waist. Donning a topcoat, suit, wingtip shoes and toting a briefcase (yes, we used them back then) I would trudge through the snow, change my clothes and then attempt to snow blow and clean out the driveway.

I was relocated down to the Southern Tier of New York, along the Pennsylvania border and even down here I swear I haven't seen a blade of grass since the last week of November. Today it was -11 with a wind chill of -20 and on Sunday another storm is due to bury us again.

The funny thing about living here is the fact there isn't any place else in this country I would want to call home. I live near the Finger Lakes and a two hour drive to Lake Ontario. My house is surrounded by woods with several rivers and streams a stones throw away. It is my state and I love it even in the winter.


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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York Author

..Dennis you've certainly explained winter in the northeast. I have to admit I remember the wing tips, suits, and brief cases. We women countered with heels, pocket books and hats!

Our temp here is about the same right now with snow expected for the next three or four days. I have to add though I'm not to thrilled with winter.


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carter06 21 months ago from Cronulla NSW

Hi Mary..enjoyed your hub about winter in NY even if a couple years ago:)

Is there still snow around in March? or is your spring on its way?

Cheers


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York Author

We had less snow this winter but oh it's been arctically cold! We have had snow in March. Actually in May of '76 (at least I think that was the year) we had snow on Mother's Day. It was a wet snow that didn't last long but it was snow.

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