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First off as I always do I would like to say Thanks to David L. for you recent donation to the snow site. As always I appreciate it and it helps out a lot. Thank You David :)


OK, just a quick update as I just took a look at the late snow stats. Rochester has moved to the top of the snow hill and leads the Golden Snowball contest. This is the first time that Rochester has been on top for the 2015-2016 snow season.

It looks like we may have a little bit of a warm up coming which will be nice for all of you traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday. I’ll post some updates if it snows and we have any changes. WTG Rochester and it looks like we have a fun snow season ahead.

Have a Great night all ๐Ÿ˜‰

Updated 7 PM – Well that was a short campout for Syracuse at the top of the snow hill. I don’t think they even had time to pitch a tent while they were on top. Binghamton, NY wasn’t having anything to do with Syracuse taking over the lead from them and got enough snow to take back the top spot and Binghamton is the first city in the Golden Snowball contest to hit the 1-inch mark.

Rochester remains in 2nd place and now Syracuse gets bumped down the the number 3 spot on the snow hill. Looks like there is going to be a lot of back and fourth this season unless one of the cities decides to really snow it on to take a big lead. Where is Buffalo?


Updated 2 PM 11/23 – Syracuse took over the top spot on the snow hill once again and Rochester received their first measurable snowfall of the 2015-2016 snow season. ย So far 3 of the Golden Snowball cities have snow this season and it probably won’t be long before Buffalo gets on the snowboard. ย Maybe come the next update?

Syracuse slipped past Binghamton by a couple of tenths of an inch of snow and Rochester started their season off with 0.6 inches of snow which was just enough to move Rochester into 2nd place on the snow hill. ย Yeah I know, pretty boring so far but just think, it’s only just begun :)

It will be interesting to see if Syracuse can hold on to the lead come the next update later this afternoon. ย I’ve seen a few videos of some light snow falling in the Binghamton area today. ย I’m not sure what is going on though in the other cities. ย Stay tuned for a late day update if there are any changes in the line-up.

Snowiest Golden Snowball cities

For those of you that follow the National snow contest, the Golden Snow Globe things got going pretty good this weekend and cities are still adding to their totals. ย Chicago set a couple of date records for snow and moved into 2nd place. ย Anchorage, Alaska still holds a pretty decent lead in the National snow contest though almost having as much snow already as they had the entire 2014-2015 snow season. ย Click Here to Visit the national snow contest!

Have an awesome day everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

Updated 11/15 – I just updated the snow stats and Binghamton received just enough snowflakes to take the lead back from Syracuse. Binghamton started off the 2015-2016 snow season, but Syracuse managed to take the top of the snow hill back from them. Binghamton wasn’t having any of that and now lead by just a tenth of an inch over second-place Syracuse.

One thing that stood out this last update was that all of the Golden Snowball cities had snow this time last season and it looks like they received it about this time in the year. Probably a good idea to break out the winter clothing and tune up the snowblowers, snowmobiles and whatever else ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

All is quiet in Snowsville, New York with the weather being frightfully warmer than normal for this time in the year. Binghamton and Syracuse received a little bit of snow earlier than normal but no snow for any of the Golden Snowball cities since then.

Let’s play one of our normal guesstimate games with the normal prize being a virtual pat on the back for whoever guesses it right. Which city do you think will be the first city to receive an inch of snowfall for the 2015 – 2016 snow season? Guess the city and also give a date that you think that the city will hit the 1-inch mark.

You can just comment on this post with your guesses and as always we will use the National Weather Service’s statistics. All in fun.

I am going to go with Buffalo passing an inch on 11/16

Have a Great Day All ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here it is only October 19th and we already have a lead change in the Golden Snowball contest. For all of you snow haters out there I think we are just getting some early fluke snow and most likely it’s not here to stay just yet. You may not want to look around the corner though because the snow is most likely hiding just around the corner ๐Ÿ˜‰

Syracuse set a date record for snowfall yesterday with 0.4 inches and picked up their first snowfall of the season. The old record was just a trace of snow set back in 1976. Syracuse’s normal average snowfall totals for this time in the season is 0.1 inches of snow.

This also means that Syracuse is on the board now in the National Snow Contest for big cities and may be in 2nd place behind Anchorage, Alaska which has 2.8 inches of snow at last check. I will try and get an update in later in the day for that contest.

Mexico, NY and a few other towns picked up anywhere from 7 – 9 inches of snow which is even a little early for them. Glenn Coin has more info about the Mexico, NY area along with some good snow pictures here at Syracuse .com Stay tuned for updates as they come in.

Have a Great Day Everyone!

Binghamton, New York kicked off the new 2015 – 2016 snow season by picking up 0.2 inches of snow yesterday. Congrats Binghamton and let the 2015 – 2016 Golden Snowball snow games begin. I’m sure everyone is sooo happy to get that pesky summer out of the way and start up the Winter season huh :) I didn’t think so :( The good news is that, ummm, OK, there really isn’t too much good news because we all have a long snowy season ahead of us.

Buffalo is way overdue to win the Golden Snowball contest and I have a feeling this may be Buffalo’s season to do it. Buffalo has come really close the last couple of seasons and of course who can forget last season when they received that epic snowfall that unfortunately hit all around the area but missed the airport. Since the Ressurection of the Golden Snowball contest Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse from the top of the snow hill and it will be interesting to see if The Rock has it in them this season.

Binghamton has actually won the contest way back in the past when the original Golden Snowball contest was running, but that was a long time ago. I think it will take some pretty weird weather for them to win it again. Then there is Albany. Enough said about Albany ๐Ÿ˜‰

It should be a fun 2015 – 2016 snow season so break out the gloves, boots and whatever else you need to make it through the winter. I’ll take a look later at the snow stats when they get updated again to see if any of the other cities have any measurable snowfall to report so stay tuned. Last I looked there was still a lot of lake effect snow falling around some of the Golden Snowball cities.

The National Snow Contest, the Golden Snow Globe started up several days back with Anchorage, Alaska picking up 2.8 inches of snow for the new season. Click Here for the snowiest big cities in the country at the National snow contest.

Have an Awesome Sunday Everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rainiest Cities in Golden Snowball Contest

I was finally able to get an update in on the rain totals for the Golden Snowball cities and it’s pretty close. Right now Binghamton, NY has a slight lead over Syracuse, New York. The rest of the cities, Rochester, Albany and Buffalo are only 2-3 inches behind the leader.

Albany, unlike the snow contest, managed to pour themselves out of last place in the rain contest and it’s Buffalo that holds the title right now for being the least rainiest city out of the bunch. Unless you’re a farmer that probably isn’t a bad thing :) Check out the rain totals here.

Almost Time to Start the Golden Snowball Snow Contest

Who is ready for some SNOW? Don’t ya all just hate that 4 letter word :) I’m starting to see SNOW mentioned in some of the forecasts in New York and we all know that it’s just a matter of time. So far only Binghamton is showing a trace of snow. I would love to know when they got it and what it was that you received in Binghamton. Remember that the Golden Snowball contest doesn’t officially get started until one of the cities receive some measurable snowfall. Could this FINALLY be Buffalo’s season to win the Golden Snowball trophy?

The National snow contest started up a week or so ago. Yup, you heard me right. Anchorage, Alaska received 2.8 inches of snow to start the national snow contest up for the 2015-2016 season. There are several cities in that snow contest with at least a trace so far but only Anchorage has some measurable snow so far. Visit The National Snow Contest Here!

Stay Tuned! It won’t be long now and don’t ya just hate me now :)

Congratulations Syracuse on Winning the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Award :)

It’s a wrap! Syracuse, New York has won this season’s Golden Snowball Award barely beating out Buffalo, NY by only 6.8 inches of snow. Not quite as close as last season when Syracuse won the contest by only 2.1 inches of snow. With all of that epic snowfall that fell around the Buffalo area back in November but missed the airport, I have to admit this probably should have been Buffalo’s season at the top.

I’m always nervous about making the “It’s a Wrap” post because as most of you all know it’s not unusual for most of the cities to get some snow in May. I do feel more confident though after reading around about average or above average temperatures to take over in the long term forecast. Let’s just say I feel more confident calling it this season than I did last season.

Syracuse long term forecast

Long term forecast for Buffalo

April 30th is the date that the city of Syracuse decided to go with which is a lot better than what they originally wanted which was April 1st. Let’s hope Mother Nature doesn’t have a whole lot of Freaky weather planned for May.

A Summary of the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Snow Season

Buffalo held the lead for a good part of the snow season, but Syracuse managed to take over the lead from Buffalo around 2/22/15. Below is a look at how some of this seasons snow season went.

Start of This Snow Season – Snowfall Totals Updated 11/8/2014

* Around 11/8/2014 Binghamton was in first place and was the city that started off the 2014 – 2015 snow season for the Golden Snowball Award with 0.2 inches of snowfall. WTG Binghamton :)

Binghamton 0.2 1.8 Trace 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo Trace 2.0 Trace 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester Trace 1.1 0.2 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse Trace 1.6 0.2 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Albany Trace 0.3 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Snow Lead

* Syracuse took the lead over on or around 11/14/2014 with 2.9 inches of snow and held the lead until around 11/17 Our current leader, Buffalo was in last place at the time.

Syracuse 2.2 2.9 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 1.3 2.7 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Buffalo 0.2 3.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 0.2 2.2 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 0.1 0.7 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo Takes The Lead From Syracuse

* Buffalo took the lead from Syracuse the following day on or around 11/18/2014 and Rochester also passed Syracuse and jumped into 2nd place.

Buffalo 4.0 4.3 0.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 3.2 3.1 1.8 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Syracuse 2.9 4.0 0.4 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 2.9 3.4 2.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 1.0 1.0 Trace 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Buffalo and Syracuse Tie for 1st, Buffalo Still at Top

* On January 7th or 8th Buffalo and Syracuse were tied for 1st place in the snow contest with 34.0 inches each.

Buffalo 34.0 42.7 55.3 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Syracuse 34.0 49.9 51.9 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Binghamton 31.6 29.5 46.0 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Rochester 29.8 35.3 48.0 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Albany 26.6 20.4 31.6 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Syracuse Takes The Lead and Top of Snow Hill for Good

* Right around 2/22/15 Syracuse picked up enough snow to slip past Buffalo for the rest of the snow season. Buffalo never gave up and kept it close right til the end.

Syracuse 101.3 96.8 100.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 101.1 75.4 97.7 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 85.1 74.4 78.6 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 75.5 60.2 81.8 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 70.6 44.0 64.8 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

The Season Wraps up With Syracuse on Top – CONGRATS ‘CUSE

* Hopefully the snow is done falling and the warm weather is here for good. If by chance Buffalo was to slip ahead with some freaky May weather I will get in touch with the Mayor of Syracuse and I am sure she would be more than happy to start up the snow contest again and give the award to Buffalo ๐Ÿ˜‰

Syracuse 119.7 123.7 132.0 123.8 192.1 inches (1992 – 1993)
Buffalo 112.9 94.4 129.9 94.7 199.4 inches (1976 – 1977)
Rochester 101.9 99.1 112.7 99.5 161.7 inches (1959 – 1960)
Binghamton 93.4 83.3 85.4 83.4 134.0 inches (1995 – 1996)
Albany 75.9 59.0 73.5 59.1 112.5 inches (1970 – 1971)

Feel Free to Buy Us a Cold One for The Hot Summer Ahead ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a Great Spring and Summer Everyone and I’ll See You in a Couple of Months ๐Ÿ˜‰

First off, a Big Thanks goes out to Evelyn M. for your recent donation to the snow site. Thank You Evelyn for taking the time, I really appreciate it :)


Binghamton is the only city so far reporting snow from what could be our last blast of cold air. Binghamton picked up 0.3 inches of snow yesterday to bring their snow totals to 93.2 but unless some super freaky weather hits I’m pretty sure Binghamton is out of the running along with Rochester and Albany.

Syracuse’s snow lead over Buffalo is still just a little over 6 inches is looking good with the end of the contest fast approaching, but we still have some cold air around so no way have they clinched the snow title yet. All it will take is one decent band to set up over Buffalo and it will be interesting.

Looking at the snow stats I noticed that Syracuse is the only city in the Golden Snowball contest that is behind their normal snowfall to date. All of the other cities have already hit their normal snowfall for the season. Albany is winning that battle with 16.8 more snow than a typical snow season for them.

I’m guessing that after the taste of warm weather pretty much everyone is ready to get the snow contest over with and move on to Summer. It won’t be long and keep in mind that the normal call it a wrap date is May first so we are only about a week away. Stay Tuned ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have an Awesome Day Everyone!

First off Congrats to Rochester on joining the 100 inches of snow club :) Rochester is the 3rd city in the Golden Snowball contest to join both Syracuse and Buffalo in the 100 inch club. Now keep it going Roc to make this a 3-way race this season.

It was only about 4-5 days ago where it was starting to look pretty good for Syracuse. Syracuse had an almost 10 inch lead on Buffalo but as always and pretty much what happened last season Buffalo stepped it up a notch and has been melting away the lead that Syracuse had.

On March 24th, Syracuse was leading the Golden Snowball contest by 9.5 inches of snow. Right now that lead has slipped down to only a lead of 6.9 inches. Buffalo is just a small storm away from taking the lead over Syracuse. Could this finally be the season that Buffalo gets crowned the champions of the Golden Snowball contest? The cold air is still in the forecast so anything can happen and there is still a lot of time left whether we like it or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because of the way the season started with that big lake effect snow event that happened early in the season but missed the Buffalo airport I have to say that I am almost pulling for Buffalo to win this season. OK, reality just set in and of course being from Syracuse that thought just passed by. Go ‘Cuse ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rochester has always been a city that I have a hard time counting out no matter how late in the season it is and how far behind they are. Remember that since the Golden Snowball contest was started up again after a long break, Rochester has been the only city to dethrone Syracuse. Of course. that season was a pretty weird one with all of the cities being wayyyy below their normal seasonal averages.

Speaking of averages Syracuse is about to fall behind their normal snowfall totals to date unless they pick up some snow today. As of yesterday’s snow stats Syracuse is dead on what the normal snowfall to date should be for this time in the season. The normal snowfall to date is 119.1 and right now Syracuse is at 119.1 for this season. Both the National snow contest and the NY Golden Snowball contest tend to be close if Syracuse is close or below their normal snowfall. That’s good news for both Buffalo and Rochester :)

The National Snow Contest – All 3 of the CNY/Western cities which are Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester are doing pretty good in the National Snow Contest. Syracuse had the lead but just got knocked down a notch from a city from Massachusetts. Click here for the National Snow Contest, The Golden Snow Globe!

Stay Tuned because this seasons snow race isn’t even close to being over yet, like it or not. Have a Super, Awesome Day Everyone :)

First off as always I want to give a Big Thanks to Edwin T. for your recent donation to the site. I know I say this over and over again, but it really does help me out a lot. Thank You for taking the time Edwin, I truly appreciate it :)


OK, hold off on the betting this is all just for fun. The next couple of days look like it will be kind of quiet for most of the cities so as the snow season is winding down let’s lay some odds for which city will win the 2014-2015 Golden Snowball Contest. Hours of research and handicapping went into laying out the odds so I would take them very seriously when betting with your family and friends. OK, no thinking at all went into the odds and it’s all just for fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mother Nature is the only one that knows how much snow lies ahead for all of the Golden Snowball cities, but I feel pretty confident in saying that Albany and probably Binghamton are out of the running now. I know that the NY area still gets snow in April and even sometimes into May, but I don’t see Binghamton making up 30+ inches and I definitely can’t see Albany getting 40+ more inches of snow this season.

I think Rochester still has a shot but only if they start melting away some of Syracuse’s and Buffalo’s snow this week. You may also want to talk to the Snow God ๐Ÿ˜‰ Buffalo still has a decent shot, but the good folks in Buffalo may want to do a snow dance or two ๐Ÿ˜‰ OK, enough already and here are what I believe the odds are as of today, March 24th.

Syracuse – Current Odds — 2 to 1
Buffalo — Current Odds — 4 to 1
Rochester – Current Odds 15 to 1
Binghamton – Current Odds 50 to 1
Albany – Current Odds — Scratched

All in fun and it will be interesting to see if the odds change in the coming weeks ahead. Have an Awesome Day Everyone :)