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