This Week Back in 1987, October Snow Took the Capital Region by Storm
On Tuesday morning, it finally stopped raining for the first time in what seemed like days. Imagine how much white stuff we'd have gotten in Capital Region if the temperatures were a bit colder? I'm guessing at least 8-10.
Think it's too early for a significant snowstorm in the Albany area? Think again. 34 years ago this week, an October snowstorm hit the 518 and dumped 6-8 inches on us.
According to Spectrum Local News, "locations in Rensselaer County, Schoharie County, Western Massachusetts, and the Catskills all saw more than a foot of snow -- as much as 20 inches in the higher elevations."
In some cases, electricity remained out for more than a week. School districts in the Capital Region were closed for a day in some cases; others missed an entire week of class...
Within three days, the snow was all but gone: temperatures in the 70's melted everything." Spectrum Local News
Check out this video footage of the 1987 report on WNYT Channel 13 with longtime reporter Steve Scoville. Scoville, a true professional for those who remember him, was reporting roadside while traffic backed up on I-88, past Duanesburg heading into Schoharie County.
Most of the people he spoke with seemed to be in relatively good spirits, despite the logjam caused by unpredictable weather. My favorite was the two older ladies in the car who seemed to think the whole thing was hilarious and loved the fact that they were being interviewed while they waited in their car.
"We have everything (we need) to keep warm," the giddy grandmas told Scoville, adding, "We even have food if you're hungry!"