Surprise Capital Region snowfall brought record-setting accumulation

Surprise Capital Region snowfall brought record-setting accumulation

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The heavy, wet snow that descended on the Capital Region Monday was the most snow to ever fall on March 23.

The National Weather Service recorded 6.1 inches of snow at the Albany International Airport, which easily topped the last record set in 2005 with 2.7 inches.

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Meteorologist Neil Stuart said the storm, which had originally dropped snow in the plains states, strengthened and tracked more south -  bringing at least five times more snow than was originally forecast.

Snowfall totals ranged from about four inches around Albany, to up to 9 inches in northern Saratoga County.

While it snowed most of the day, it did not start to accumulate until late afternoon. The snow was so heavy, it created a scene that is normally reserved for January or February.

"Temperatures fell slowly as snow got heavier and heavier," Stuart said. “It was quite the winter wonderland. The snow stuck to the trees and everything very, very well.'

But as temperatures warmed above freezing Tuesday, the snow quickly melted off roads and trees.

There was a tractor trailer accident that closed the southbound lane of I-87 at Exit 16 Monday late afternoon. But because of the shutdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, there were very few people on the roads when the heaviest snowfall happened.

Snowfalls in March and April are otherwise common. Last year, the last measurable snowfall of the season happened on April 5.