Tuesday-Early Wednesday Morning - January 29-30, 2019
Moderate Snow Storm

A big range of snow accumulations occurred with this event in what was a non-conventional significant snow producer for the region. The "Storm" was essentially a strong cold frontal boundary that was pushed across New York and New England as a clipper low tracked to the north across southern Canada.

Typically, clipper low tracks that run north followed by subsequent cold frontal passages are not widespread significant snow producers for this area. However, this system was a little different in that it had a deep supply of moisture in a narrow channel streaming north from the Gulf of Mexico which was coupled with a secondary weak wave of low pressure that formed along the front over New Jersey which ultimately enhanced snowfall Tuesday evening into Tuesday night.

Initially, however, snowfall across the region during the morning and early to mid afternoon was patchy in nature and largely driven by the interaction of a strong south to southeast flow, induced by the passing low to the north, and the local complex terrain. The flow pattern favored considerable upsloping, especially across the southern Adirondacks into northwest Saratoga and Warren counties as well as in pockets throughout the Catskills. Up to 10" of snow accumulated in Hamilton County by 5-6pm as a result of this upslope flow through the day. In the Capital Region, however, downsloping occurred which limited snowfall to a few fits and bursts with little accumulation through mid afternoon.

Snowfall, however, did expand in coverage and intensity through the late afternoon and evening with some brief periods of 1"/hour snowfall rates during the evening in response to increased forcing due to the developing weak secondary low pressure wave along the front and a steep upper level overrunning surface. Most of the snow accumulation in the Capital Region, Bennington and Berkshire counties occurred between 5pm and 2am Wednesday with the last of the snow clearing western New England by 2-3am on the 30th as the snow zone was progressive in its eastward motion.

Because of the heavy terrain influence, snow accumulations varied quite a bit across the region from a light to in some places moderate snowfall of 3"-6" on average in the Capital Region and Mohawk valley to Bennington and Berkshire counties, to a solid moderate snowfall of 6"-9" throughout the mid Hudson valley and Catskills as well as throughout Fulton, northern Saratoga and much of Washington counties. The zone of heaviest accumulations, ranging from 9"-14", lined up across Hamilton, northern Warren, and northwest Saratoga counties, as well as in a small terrain enhanced pocket in northern Ulster and southern Greene counties. There were also some elevated snow amounts up to 12" in the higher terrain across eastern Rutland County in VT.

Tranquil winter scene looking down Main Street in Fort Plain - Montgomery County, after the snow
Tuesday night January 29, 2019 - Photo Credit: Scott Wrobel

Tranquil scene after the snow in Fort Plain - Montgomery County, Tuesday January 29, 2019

WeatherNet 6 Snowfall Amount and Distribution Analysis of the January 29-30, 2019 Storm

WeatherNet 6 Observed Snowfall Distribution for the Jan 29-30, 2019 Storm 

WeatherNet Storm Total Snowfall Reports Tuesday-Early Wednesday January 29-30, 2019

(Note: Reports with an * notation are NWS relayed and not WxNet 6 spotter observations)

Town County Snowfall Report Town County Snowfall Report
Savoy, MA Berkshire 3.9" Becket, MA Berkshire 5.0"
Clarksburg, MA Berkshire 3.3"      
Albany (ASOS)* Albany 3.6" Albany (NWS)* Albany 4.2"
Glenmont Albany 5.0" Colonie Albany 3.5"
Boght Corners* Albany 3.4" Westmere* Albany 4.0"
Knox Albany 4.3"      
Taghkanic Columbia 5.9" Germantown Columbia 8.5"
Spencertown Columbia 7.0" Ancramdale Columbia 4.6"
Livingston Columbia 7.5" Boston Corner Columbia 3.0"
Clermont* Columbia 7.5"      
Franklin Delaware 6.6" Arkville Delaware 8.8"
Poughkeepsie Dutchess 7.0" Red Hook Dutchess 8.5"
Staatsburg Dutchess 8.1" Millbrook* Dutchess 7.1"
LaGrange* Dutchess 6.0"      
Perth Fulton 5.5" Gloversville* Fulton 7.0"
Halcott Center Greene 8.0" Greenville Greene 6.5"
Halcott Greene 7.3" Catskill Greene 7.0"
Durham Greene 7.0" East Jewett* Greene 8.4"
Wells Hamilton 14.5" Hoffmeister Hamilton 16.0"
Piseco Hamilton 12.0" Ohio* Herkimer 12.0"
Fonda Montgomery 7.0" Palatine Bridge Montgomery 6.0"
Amsterdam Montgomery 4.6" to 7.3" Glen Montgomery 5.3"
East Worcester Otsego 9.0" Cherry Valley Otsego 10.0"
Oneonta Otsego 6.3"      
Speigletown Rensselaer 2.5" Averill Park* Rensselaer 3.3"
Clifton Park (Oaks) Saratoga 3.5" Saratoga Springs Saratoga 8.5"
Galway Saratoga 6.8" Corinth Saratoga 9.8"
Malta Saratoga 5.0" Charlton Saratoga 8.0"
Lake Desolation Saratoga 11.5" Edinburg* Saratoga 11.5"
Gansevoort* Saratoga 7.5"      
Rotterdam Jct. Schenectady 4.0" Duanesburg Schenectady 6.0"
Rotterdam Schenectady 4.9" Niskayuna* Schenectady 5.0"
Jefferson Schoharie 5.5" Charlotteville Schoharie 7.5"
Richmondville Schoharie 5.5" Conesville Schoharie 6.0"
Schoharie Schoharie 6.0"      
Kingston Ulster 9.8" Whiteport Ulster 9.0"
Phoenicia Ulster 11.0" West Shokan Ulster 11.5"
Warrensburg Warren 10.0" Lake Luzerne Warren 12.0"
Hudson Falls Washington 5.0" Hebron Washington 7.0"
Landgrove, VT Bennington 8.5" Wilmington, VT Windham 5.0"
Manchester, VT Bennington 4.4" West Arlington, VT Bennington 2.0"
West Rutland, VT Rutland 6.0"      

National Weather Service Albany - Snowfall Analysis

Albany NWS Snowfall Analysis of the January 29, 2019 Event