The Interior Northeast Finally Sees Snow; Nearly the Latest First Trace of Snow on Record for Caribou, Maine

Brian Donegan
Published: November 8, 2017

Parts of the interior Northeast saw their first snow of the season Tuesday, including Maine, which had yet to see a snowflake this season.

Caribou, Maine, picked up its first trace of snow Tuesday, nearly a month later than the average date of Oct. 12 and just shy of the record-latest date of Nov. 13, 1977, though it has yet to see measurable snow of at least 0.1 inches.

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Areas as far south as central and northeastern Pennsylvania, including State College, Altoona and the Poconos, and northern New Jersey saw a trace to an inch of snowfall Tuesday – mainly in hilly and mountain locations. The first snowfall in the interior Northeast typically occurs between late October and mid-November in an average year, so this was not unusual.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, featured the first snow of the season in McAdoo, Pennsylvania.
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Plattekill Mountain in New York's Catskills gets dusted with snow Tuesday, Nov. 7.
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Additional snow is possible Thursday night in the interior northeast. This could also give parts of northern Maine their first measurable snowfall of the season.

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The first snows of the season typically fall farther south with each storm system as we push through the holidays, but this year, a few snowflakes had already accumulated in the South prior to this interior Northeast snowfall.

The northern Texas Panhandle saw its first snow of the season Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This was preceded in late October by flurries as far south as the north Georgia mountains, as well as accumulating snow in parts of the southern Appalachians in North Carolina and Tennessee. The snow didn't stick around long in the South due to warm ground temperatures and even warmer air temperatures. 

Snow isn't typically observed in the higher elevations of the southern Appalachians until the first week of November, but a trace of snow had been recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina, by Oct. 29 and 30, respectively. Both of those cities usually don't see accumulating snow until the end of December. 

Snow cover from Oct. 29, 2017, where the blues indicate where snow accumulated and the brighter whites indicate areas where it snowed, but snow did not stick.
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In addition, temperatures have been cold across the nation's southern tier. Temperatures at or below freezing have been recorded so far in Atlanta; Victoria, Texas; Armstrong, Texas; Alexandria, Louisiana; and Dothan, Alabama.

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In contrast, New York City (39 degrees), Boston (37 degrees) and Cleveland (33 degrees) had yet to reach the freezing mark as of Wednesday morning. Outlying areas may have already seen a freeze, however.

Brian Donegan is a digital meteorologist at weather.com. Follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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