Heavy Snow Storm
Wednesday February 5, 2014

The third heavy snow storm of the season moved across the region between 2am and midnight on Wednesday February 5, 2014 dumping on average a widespread 8"-12" of snow in what was a fairly uniform distribution. This system was quite similar in nature to the previous two large storms of the season, originating more or less across the southwest and then quickly tracking across the Plains states, through the Midwest to Pennsylvania, then redeveloping off the southern New England coast before heading out to sea. And as such this system produced basically the same range in snowfall totals as the previous two, putting it in the "Heavy" snow storm category. Unlike the previous two storms, however, this was a warmer system with temperatures during the event ranging from the mid to upper 20s allowing for neither a super dry or very wet and heavy snow to occur. Water to snow ratios ran close to 10:1 for the event, with ratios closer to 15:1 across the Adirondacks and Vermont where the air was a little colder.

With little surface development to the low pressure systems, not much of a pressure gradient developed which meant a fairly light wind ranging from 10-15 mph prevailed through the event.

Snow came in a couple of main installments. The first was a zone of heavy snow, with snowfall rates briefly at times up to 2" per hour, which ran roughly along and south of the Mohawk valley and into the Berkshires during the early to mid morning. This heavy snow burst was generated by a period of strong overrunning of oceanic air over a coastal warm front coupled with a passing upper level jet streak which put our region in the favorable right jet entrance region, an area with enhanced vertical lift in the atmosphere. The second heavier installment of snow occurred from the early afternoon into the evening and was oriented from the Mohawk valley to Saratoga County and Vermont on north where snowfall rates of 1"/hour occurred at times, as the upper level low pressure trough moved into and through the Northeast. This snow enhancement occurred while areas from the Capital Region on south observed a decrease in snowfall coverage and rates.

A final quick hitting round of moderate to heavy snow bursts moved from west to east from Schoharie County into the Capital Region to northern Berkshire County on north between 7pm and 9pm with lingering nuisance light snow, some in the immediate Capital Region due to a brief period of Mohawk-Hudson convergence, tapering off and ending in most areas near or shortly after midnight. Very light snow and flurries lingered in and around the immediate Capital Region through 5am on the 6th due to weak Mohawk-Hudson convergence. Overall, the storm was a fairly routine and well forecast heavy snow event for the region.

WeatherNet 6 Snowfall Distribution Map
February 5, 2014

Storm Total Snowfall February 5, 2014 

WeatherNet 6 Storm Total Snowfall Reports
February 5, 2014

Town County Snowfall Report Town County Snowfall Report
Lanesborough, MA Berkshire 9.0" Pittsfield, MA Berkshire 9.8"
Savoy, MA Berkshire 9.5" Clarksburg, MA Berkshire 7.5"
Knox Albany 11.0" Newtonville Albany 10.1"
Cohoes Albany 10.2" South Berne Albany 13.0"
Feura Bush Albany 12.0" Guilderland Albany 11.5"
Latham Albany 10.1" Colonie Albany 10.0"
Taghkanic Columbia 8.8" Ancramdale Columbia 8.8"
Craryville Columbia 9.8" Livingston Columbia 8.5"
Chatham Center Columbia
Ancram Columbia 10.0"
Kinderhook Columbia 7.8" Hudson Columbia 10.0"
Germantown Columbia 9.8" Austerlitz Columbia 9.5"
Claverack Columbia 9.0"      
Pine Plains Dutchess 11.0" Millbrook Dutchess 10.4"
Arkville Delaware 12.0"      
Broadalbin Fulton 11.5" Oppenheim Fulton 8.0"
Perth Fulton 8.0" Ephratah Fulton 9.5"
Fish House Fulton 8.5" Gloversville Fulton 10.0"
Johnstown Fulton 10.0"      
Purling Greene 9.0" Halcott Center Greene 10.0"
Kiskatom Greene 9.5" Round Top Greene 8.5"
Norton Hill Greene 12.0" Greenville Greene 11.0"
Earlton Greene 10.5" S. Cairo Greene 10.5"
Catskill Greene 8.0"      
Hoffmeister Hamilton 13.0" Wells Hamilton 13.0"
Piseco Hamilton 12.5"      
Amsterdam Montgomery 11.5" Canajoharie Montgomery 9.6"
Fonda Montgomery 9.5" to 10.3" Hessville Montgomery 8.9"
Glen Montgomery 9.0" Florida Montgomery 8.3"
St. Johnsville Montgomery 11.0"      
Oneonta Otsego 8.8" to 11.8" Maryland Otsego 12.0"
E. Worcester Otsego 10.0" Worcester Otsego 11.5"
Cherry Valley Otsego 10.5"      
Brunswick Rensselaer 9.0" Grafton Rensselaer 11.0"
Center Brunswick Rensselaer 11.5" Lansingburgh Rensselaer 9.3"
Troy Rensselaer 9.0"      
Saratoga Springs Saratoga 11.1" Clifton Park (Oaks) Saratoga 9.5"
Lake Desolation Saratoga 13.5" Milton Saratoga 10.0"
Wilton Saratoga 10.0" Charlton Saratoga 11.0"
Ballston Spa Saratoga 10.0" Mechanicville Saratoga 10.0"
Duanesburg Schenectady 8.5" Princetown Schenectady 14.0"
Summit Schoharie 11.0" to 13.5" Jefferson Schoharie 11.0"
Gilboa Schoharie 12.0" Richmondville Schoharie


W. Jefferson Schoharie 11.0" Charlotteville Schoharie 10.8"
Sharon Springs Schoharie 10.0" Sloansville Schoharie 10.0"
Esperance Schoharie 12.0" Huntersland Schoharie 8.8"
Middleburgh Schoharie 10.0"      
Claryville Ulster 9.0" New Paltz Ulster 10.8"
Saugerties Ulster 9.5" Phoenicia Ulster 9.0"
West Shokan Ulster 9.0" Whiteport Ulster 11.0"
Kingston Ulster 9.0" Esopus Ulster 12.3"
Highmount Ulster 12.0"      
Warrensburg Warren 15.0" Queensbury Warren 9.8"
Brant Lake Warren 10.5"      


Hebron Washington 10.0" Hudson Falls Washington 13.5"
Cossayuna Washington 12.5"      
Landgrove, VT Bennington 9.3" Woodford, VT Bennington 13.0"
West Arlington, VT Bennington 8.3" West Rutland, VT Rutland 12.0"