Morning mush hour too wet to ski
CAPITAL REGION The snow that fell overnight Wednesday, from 3 to 7 inches around the Capital Region, didn’t help skiers because it was so wet.
“It’s a lot of mush,” said Kate Michener, events coordinator at Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam.
The snow had so much moisture in it, especially as it turned to rain later Wednesday, that Maple Ski Ridge closed. It will reopen today, though. “We still have plenty of snow,” Michener said.
The early morning timing of the wet snow forced many schools in the region to delay classes for two hours. The Johnstown and Broadalbin-Perth districts both closed for the day.
The National Weather Service in Albany said snowfall varied from a high of 7.5 inches in Altamont, Albany County, to a low of 3 inches in Glens Falls, Warren County.
Niskayuna and Rotterdam each received 4 inches, Glenville 5 inches, Saratoga Springs 4.5 inches and Amsterdam 5 inches, according to Tom Wasula, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
He said 3.6 inches of snow fell at Albany International Airport on Wednesday, where the Weather Service takes its official measurements. This set a record for Feb. 27. The previous snowfall record for that date was 3 inches set in 1891.
The slow-moving low-pressure system out of the West will “sit and spin” over the region today, Friday and into early Saturday, Wasula said. This will bring a mixture of rain and snow with no significant accumulation and temperatures today ranging from the 20s to the low-to-mid-40s.
The same weather conditions will prevail Friday with a sign of clearing by Saturday afternoon. The temperatures will be seasonable: highs in the mid-to-upper-30s and lows in the mid-20s, according to the Weather Service.
“It’s way too wet,” said Doug Eaton, owner of Bob’s Trees on Route 45 in Galway, about opening his cross-country skiing trail system.
Bob’s Trees has been able to open for cross-country skiing only six days this winter. Last year Eaton wasn’t able to open the extensive trail system at all because of lack of snow.
He said if the weather gets colder and the several inches of wet snow on the ground freezes hard and gets four to six inches of new snow on top of it, then he might consider opening the trails.
“We still have open ground here. I’m looking forward to spring,” Eaton said.
The National Weather Service reports that 30.7 inches of snow has fallen since late last year while the normal snowfall by Feb. 27 is 46.1 inches.
The normal high temperature at Albany International Airport for Feb. 27 is 38 degrees and the normal low is 20. On Wednesday it ranged from 32 to 42, according to the Weather Service’s climatological report.