Light to Moderate Snow Storm
Monday, April 4, 2016
Record Cold Tuesday Morning April 5

The widespread 4"-5" snowfall with pockets of 6"-8" on this early April day was ironically the largest snowfall from a single storm for the entire 2015-2016 snow season beating out a small snow event from February 8-9 which produced about 2.8" of snow @ Albany. This snowfall at Albany, combined with the snow accumulation from April 3, pushed the snowfall for the month of April 2016 (to date) to 6.4" making April the snowiest month of the entire season as well beating out the 0.2" snowfall in March, the 4.8" snowfall in February, the 3.3" snowfall in January, and the 2.2" snowfall in December 2015. And it was an exceptionally cold snow storm, given the time of year, as well with temperatures generally ranging from 22° to 25° through the duration of the storm. The 26° high temperature at Albany set a new record low maximum for the 4th, breaking the previous record low maximum of 29° last set in 2003.

Photographer: WeatherNet 6 weather watcher Steve Meicht - Postcard scene from Catskill, Greene County (5"of snow). The only indicator that this is a spring photograph are the hints of yellow on some of blooming forsythia, otherwise the scene looks positively wintry


Postcard Catskill, Greene County scene, April 4, 2016


Set-Up/Storm Character:
There was nothing particularly unusual about the storm itself. It was a fairly weak, fast moving clipper type low which tracked along a sharp temperature gradient across Pennsylvania to near New York City then south of New England through the afternoon and early evening. The north to south temperature gradient between Albany and Washington, D.C. ranged from 30° to 40° with low and mid 20s across upstate eastern New York and western New England to temperatures in the mid 60s to near 70° across the mid Atlantic region, a gradient which one would expect to see with a Northeast spring snow storm. The speed of the system and lack of any strong upper level dynamics precluded heavier snow accumulations across the region with the cold adding a bit of fluff factor, something not so typical with spring snow storms which more often than not produce very heavy wet and sticky snow with warmer surface temperature profiles more common.

Snow broke out from west to east across the region between 2-4am, with periods of moderate snow through the morning and early afternoon. Snow tapered to flurries/snow grains during the mid to late afternoon and early evening with the last of the flurries generally ending in the western Catskills and Schoharie County by midnight. The level of cold through the duration of the storm allowed the snow to easily accumulate on the roads causing unusually hazardous driving conditions for a spring storm throughout the region during especially the morning with many automobile accidents reported.

Photograph by WeatherNet 6 spotter Jim Meehan - Sad Daffodil in Chatham, Columbia County (7" of snow) April 4, 2016

Sad Daffodil in Chatham, April 4, 2016


Photograph Posted to Facebook by Roberta Weiner Strenka - A view of the Hudson river at Coxsackie Island, Coxsackie, Greene County

A snowy Pittsfield, MA scene during the storm, February 2, 2015 


WeatherNet 6 Observed Snowfall Distribution for the April 4, 2016 Storm

WeatherNet 6 Observed Snowfall Distribution for the April 4, 2016 Storm 

The snowfall distribution across the region with this storm was fairly uniform with many areas receiving 4"-5" of snow. Snowfall was a bit reduced across the southern Adirondacks including Fulton County, ranging from 3"-4" with a narrow zone with pockets of 6"-8" from Arkville to West Shokan into Greene County up to Chatham and into the Woodford, VT area with terrain generally responsible for enhancing the snowfall in most of those locations.

WeatherNet Storm Total Snowfall Reports for Monday April 4, 2016 Event

Town County Snowfall Report Town County Snowfall Report
Pittsfield, MA Berkshire 5.5 Lanesborough, MA Berkshire 6"
Savoy, MA Berkshire 6" New Marlborough, MA Berkshire 3"
           
Guilderland Albany 5.1" Albany (NWS) Albany 5.1"
Latham Albany 5" Colonie Albany 4.8"
Knox Albany 5" Glenmont Albany 5"
Delmar Albany 4.5" Watervliet Albany 5"
           
Ancramdale Columbia 5" Kinderhook Columbia 6.2"
Livingston Columbia 6" Chatham Center Columbia 7"
Taghkanic Columbia 6" Austerlitz Columbia 6"
Germantown Columbia 5.8"      
           
Kortright Delaware 5" Arkville Delaware 7.3"
Roxbury Delaware 5.3"      
           
Red Hook Dutchess 5"      
           
Perth Fulton 4" Fish House Fulton 3.3"
Gloversville Fulton 3" Broadalbin Fulton 3.5"
           
Cairo Greene 6.8" Round Top Greene 6"
Haines Falls Greene 6.8" Catskill Greene 5"
Greenville Greene 4"      
           
Wells Hamilton 3.6" Piseco Hamilton 3"
Indian Lake Hamilton 4"      
           
Florida Montgomery 4" Amsterdam Montgomery 4.1" to 4.5"
Glen Montgomery 3.5" Fonda Montgomery 4"
Hessville Montgomery 3.4" Stone Ridge Montgomery 4.5"
           
Oneonta Otsego 3.1" Cherry Valley Otsego 3.5"
East Worcester Otsego 4.8" Worcester Otsego 4.5"
           
Berlin Rensselaer 6" Center Brunswick Rensselaer 5"
Speigletown Rensselaer 5"      
           
Charlton Saratoga 4.3" Milton Saratoga 4.3"
Lake Desolation Saratoga 5.2" Malta Saratoga 5"
Corinth Saratoga 3" Saratoga Springs Saratoga 2.6"
Ballston Lake Saratoga 3.5" Mechanicville Saratoga 3"
           
Duanesburg Schenectady 3" to 3.5" Glenville Schenectady 4"
Scotia Schenectady 3.5"      
           
Schoharie Schoharie 6" Gilboa Schoharie 4"
Richmondville Schoharie 5" Charlotteville Schoharie 3.8"
Huntersland Schoharie 5.3" Jefferson Schoharie 5"
Middleburgh Schoharie 6.5" Esperance Schoharie 4"
           
West Shokan Ulster 8" Kingston Ulster 4.9"
Phoenicia Ulster 6.3" Saugerties Ulster 6.4"
Whiteport Ulster 5" Esopus Ulster 2"
           
Queensbury Warren 3.3" Warrensburg Warren 4.5"
Brant Lake Warren 4"      
           
Landgrove, VT Bennington 4.5" Woodford, VT Bennington 7.5"
Pownal, VT Bennington 5.8" West Rutland, VT Rutland 3"
Danby, VT Rutland 2.3" Wilmington, VT Windham 4"

 

NASA MODIS imagery on Tuesday April 5, 2016 showing the zone of snow on the ground from across New York and New England

WeatherNet 6 Observed Snowfall Distribution for the April 4, 2016 Storm 

The combination of the fresh snow pack with clear skies, coupled with an already unusually cold, dry air mass over the region conspired to produce an extremely cold night and early morning after the storm on the 5th yielding low temperatures generally ranging from 5° to 15° on average, with a record low temperature of 14° set @ Albany (previous record 15°/1982.) and a record low temperature of 7° at Glens Falls breaking the previous record of 12° also set in 1982.

WeatherNet 6 Low Temperature Reports for April 5, 2016

Town County
Low Temperature
Albany Airport Albany
14°
Glenmont Albany
14°
Latham Albany
10°
     
Chatham Center Columbia
Ancramdale Columbia
13°
Livingston Columbia
11°
   
Perth Fulton
   
Halcott Greene
Greenville Greene
12°
     
Amsterdam Montgomery
3° to 8°
Fonda Montgomery
   
Worcester Otsego
     
Brunswick Rensselaer
12°
   
Milton Saratoga
Charlton Saratoga
     
Duanesburg Schenectady
     
Middleburgh Schoharie
10°
Summit Schoharie
Jefferson Schoharie
     
Whiteport Ulster
17°
Esopus Ulster
18°
Phoenicia Ulster
17°
Saugerties Ulster
19°
     
Warrensburg Warren
Glens Falls Warren
     
Danby, VT Rutland
West Rutland, VT Rutland
Landgrove, VT Bennington
Manchester, VT Bennington
6° to 7°
Bennington, VT Bennington
   
Savoy, MA Berkshire
New Marlborough, MA Berkshire
13°
North Adams, MA Berkshire
Pittsfield, MA Berkshire
10°