Heavy Snow Storm
December 14-15, 2013 (Saturday - Sunday)

The first significant snow storm of the 2013-14 winter season produced a substantial 6"-12" snow accumulation across the region with a large portion of the area (including the Capital District) coming in with amounts around 10" to 12". The combination of the very cold air in place through the duration, with temperatures generally in the low teens, and a period of strong moisture convergence and atmospheric lift between 8pm on the 14th and 8am on the 15th produced a rapid accumulation of very light fluffy snow.

Snow initially broke out during the early to mid morning from the Catskills up to the Capital Region with most areas getting a little nuisance light snow by the early afternoon. Snowfall rates remained quite light through the day with amounts by 6pm generally ranging from 1/2" to 1.5". The brunt of the storm occurred between 8pm and 8am with the heaviest bursts of snow, which came from transient and chaotic banding, occurring from 10pm to 5am when snowfall rates ranged from 1"-2" per hour at times.

This system evolved from a fast moving open wave at the jet stream level which supported a strong low pressure system that tracked into and through the Ohio Valley to northwest Pennsylvania by the evening of the 14th where it weakened. An energy transfer to the southern New Jersey coast occurred during the evening causing a secondary low pressure system to form. The coastal storm rapidly intensified and moved quickly along and south of Long Island to a position off of Cape Cod by early Sunday morning the 15th. A favorable juxtaposition of a strengthening southeast jet around the developing storm and strong high pressure positioned over eastern Canada, which transported copious Gulf and Atlantic moisture into eastern New York and western New England, and a favorable upper jet stream structure with the Northeast located in the right rear quadrant of a strong jet segment passing over southern Canada and the left front quadrant of a strong jet segment passing south of the region, which produced a period of enhanced vertical velocities (lift), allowed for bands of heavy snow to form. The entire system moved quickly which limited the period of moderate to heavy snow to between a 6 to 8 hour period. Enough mid level warming occurred in the mid Hudson valley to Berkshire and Litchfield counties very late in the storm to cause a brief period of mixed snow and sleet. The mixing, however, came late enough in the event to have little impact on reducing snowfall accumulations.

Partial clearing occurred over the region by the early afternoon on Sunday with a gusty west to northwest wind and subtle moderation in temperatures to near 30°, with a brief period of mid to upper 30s in the mid Hudson valley.

WeatherNet 6 Snowfall Distribution Map
December 14-15, 2013

Storm Total Snowfall December 14-15, 2013 

WeatherNet 6 Storm Total Snowfall Reports
December 14-15, 2013

Town County Snowfall Report Town County Snowfall Report
Lanesborough, MA Berkshire 10.0" Pittsfield, MA Berkshire 6.2"
Alford, MA Berkshire 9.0" Savoy, MA Berkshire 11.6"
Canaan, CT Litchfield 6.0"      
Knox Albany 12.8" Newtonville Albany 12.5"
Latham Albany 12.0" Medusa Albany 12.5"
Colonie Albany 11.5" Guilderland Albany 12.6"
Cohoes Albany 11.0" Altamont Albany 12.5"
Coeymans Hollow Albany 9.5" Glenmont Albany 11.3"
South Berne Albany 14.0"      
Livingston Columbia 10.5" Hudson Columbia 10.0"
Chatham Center Columbia 8.5" Kinderhook Columbia 8.4"
North Chatham Columbia 10.3" Germantown Columbia 11.0"
Austerlitz Columbia 6.0" Ancramdale Columbia 5.0"
Grand Gorge Delaware 14.0" Arkville Delaware 9.8"
Perth Fulton 12.0" Caroga Lake Fulton 10.5"
Gloversville Fulton 9.5" Broadalbin Fulton 12.0"
Johnstown Fulton 11.0" Fish House Fulton 12.0"
South Cairo Greene 11.0" Jewett Greene 10.0"
Climax Greene 10.0" Durham Greene 11.0"
Purling Greene 12.0" Greenville Greene 14.5"
Prattsville Greene 14.0" Norton Hill Greene 12.0"
Catskill Greene 8.3" Halcott Greene 11.0"
Round Top Greene 12.0" Cairo Greene 9.5"
Wells Hamilton 10.6" Piseco Hamilton 9.0"
Glen Montgomery 11.5" Hessville Montgomery 8.2"
Amsterdam Montgomery 12.5" to 13.5" Fonda Montgomery 10.5"
Palatine Bridge Montgomery 6.5"      
Maryland Otsego 13.0" Worcester Otsego 10.5"
East Worcester Otsego 9.5" Oneonta Otsego 10.5"
Cherry Valley Otsego 9.5"      
Grafton Rensselaer 10.5" Brunswick Rensselaer 10.5"
Speigletown Rensselaer 10.5" Center Brunswick Rensselaer 10.5"
Schaghticoke Rensselaer 10.0"      
Malta Saratoga 13.0" Saratoga Springs Saratoga 12.5" to 13.5"
Edinburg Saratoga 13.0" Lake Desolation Saratoga 10.5"
Ballston Lake Saratoga 12.5" Milton Saratoga 12.0"
Charlton Saratoga 12.0" Clifton Park Saratoga 10.2"
Mechanicville Saratoga 12.0"      
Duanesburg Schenectady 11.0" to 12.0"      
Sharon Springs Schoharie 9.5" Jefferson Schoharie 11.0"
Richmondville Schoharie 11.0" Sloansville Schoharie 10.0"
Summit Schoharie 10.0" Gilboa Schoharie


Charlotteville Schoharie 6.5" Seward Schoharie 8.5"
Middleburgh Schoharie 11.5"      
Highmount Ulster 16.0" Phoenicia Ulster 10.4"
West Shokan Ulster 11.5" Kingston Ulster 8.5"
Whiteport Ulster 8.0" Ulster Park Ulster 8.0"
Warrensburg Warren 11.0" Lake Luzerne Warren 12.3"
Brant Lake Warren 9.0" Queensbury Warren 11.0"
Salem Washington 7.0" to 11.0" Ft. Edward Washington 12.0"
Hudson Falls Washington 13.0" Hebron Washington 11.0"
Whitehall Washington 12.6"      
Woodford, VT Bennington 18.0" Landgrove, VT Bennington 17.0"
West Rutland, VT Rutland 10.0"