The forecasts for tonight and tomorrow are dire, at least for the higher elevations around Binghamton. We may be joining Colorado and other parts in their early snow marathon-although (I hope) with less snow.
But was this our earliest snow ever? No! And in fact, the storm that won that honor (October 3-4, 1987) is one I still remember. It was our second fall here in the Triple Cities, back when they knew how to make winters. October 3 and 4 were a Saturday and Sunday. We weren't getting much snow where we live in the Susquehanna River Valley, so we decided to take matters into our own hands. We took a drive into the nearby Catskill Mountains, all the way to Margaretville, seeing the wet snow accumulate - 20 inches by the time we got to Margaretville. It was a bit foolhardy but we did make it back.
If you live in snow country, you know that snow before the leaves fall is a very bad thing. This early snow tends to be wet and heavy, and down come-trees (sometimes onto cars), power lines, you name it.
After a couple of years of late starting winters, looks like this one is shaping up to be a doozy. We got our first frost Monday morning (October 12), which used to be a normal thing, but the last two years we didn't get frosts until November in our particular location. So now....back to normal?