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Old 08-06-2017, 10:11 PM   #1
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Seeking snow

Hi friends, I am a sundrenched Floridian hoping to see snow for the first time by visiting the Adirondacks. Does it usually snow by the first week of December?
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Old 08-06-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
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We often get our first snow in October or November. A decade or 2 ago snow in early December would have been a safe bet- now, probably but no promises. We had 65 on xmas eve a couple years ago.
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Old 08-06-2017, 11:00 PM   #3
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Thanks @keithk that's helpful to know!
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:13 AM   #4
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Seek out the region known as the Tug Hill Plateau (especially the town of Montague) for truly magnificent snowfall. Not necessarily the earliest, but generally the most. Google "lake effect snow" and Tug Hill.


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Old 08-07-2017, 09:25 AM   #5
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We've had some difficult times in the past few years trying to take advantage of snow. Sometimes decent accumulations melt off too quickly, impeding the build up of good base conditions. Check out the link below and look at the various maps once the snow starts to fly.
http://www.weather.gov/nerfc/snow
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:28 AM   #6
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There is nearly always snow in early Dec at the downhill ski areas that have snow making. It only needs to be cold (at night) for them.

Otherwise, the first snow typically hits the high peaks (such as over 3,500 to 4,000 ft elevation). The Lake placid area (N side of high peaks) is a common vacation destination for those seeking snow. As other said, it melts fast that time of year since ground not frozen.

Good web site for Lake Placid area (including peaks) snow conditions:
http://www.jackrabbittrail.org/conditions
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:36 AM   #7
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Just remembered that this XC facility lists the date of their opening each year. They do not have snow making. This is well south & west of Lake Placid but with its elevation, is in a local "snow belt". Open many years before Dec. 1.

http://www.laplandlake.com/snowfall-chart.htm
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