Snowfall of May 18, 2002
Low pressure moving out Virginia moved off the southern New Jersey coast Saturday (May 18) morning and by early Sunday was southeast of Nova Scotia. At the same time an unseasonably cold airmass pressed south out of Canada. Heavy rain developed Friday night. The combination of cold air settling in from the north, and cooling due to latent heat of melting in the heavy precipitation caused temperatures to drop from near 50 at midnight to near freezing by dawn. Rain changed over to snow and accumulated in many places. The 2.2 inches that fell in Albany was the heaviest measurable snow ever. Traces of snow have fallen as late as May 28th in in 1902.
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS IN INCHES TAKEN FROM COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND LOCAL TV SPOTTERS.
IN EASTERN NEW YORK ALBANY COUNTY KNOX 4.5 0100 PM RAVENA 2.8 1100 AM ALBANY 2.2 0200 PM
COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHODACK 2.5 1100 AM GREENE COUNTY
PRATTSVILLE 8 1230 PM LEXINGTON 5.8 0230 PM MONTGOMERY COUNTY GLEN 2.9 1230 PM
RENSSELAER COUNTY GRAFTON 4.5 1200 PM
SARATOGA COUNTY PROVIDENCE 1.5 1230 PM CLIFTON PARK 1 1130 AM
SCHENECTADY COUNTY DUANESBURG 2 1100 AM SCHOHARIE COUNTY
SUMMIT 6.5 0100 PM JEFFERSON 5 0230 PM
BENNINGTON COUNTY VERMONT READSBORO 2 1230 PM