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The First Snow

Whether you are planning on visiting this winter or simply want to know when the first snow in Massachusetts typically occurs, this New England state is certainly a winter wonderland. With Boston resting along the eastern coastline and the rest of the state a beautiful place to explore and enjoy, what can you expect out of a winter season in Massachusetts and when does snowfall typically occur?

The First Snow


Depending on where you are located within Massachusetts, the average snowfall varies from east to west. However, the average snowfall in Boston is anywhere from 30 to 50 inches annually, which is certainly nothing to scoff at in terms of winter weather! The further west you go, the more snow you are likely to experience in Massachusetts, something to keep in mind if you plan on visiting or living in this state.

There are a few different records suggesting when the earliest first snowfall occurred within Massachusetts, October 10th, 1979 is largely credited with the earliest first snowfall in Boston in particular. This is extremely early, especially when you consider the fact that most snow happens within the state of Massachusetts sometime during the month of November or December.

Meteorologists have issued a winter storm watch for a system set to move through the Copper River Basin and Thompson Pass, bringing heavy snowfall to Valdez and areas to the northeast Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, it's the earliest first snow of the season in Chicago since 2014, when the first snowflakes fell on Oct. 4. The earliest snowfall on record in Chicago was in 1942, when the first snow fell on Sept. 25.

In February, 1899, an exceptionally strong Arctic surge abruptly disturbed an otherwise quiet winter across most of North America. Dubbed the Great Blizzard of 1899, it brought record cold to the South, including a -1ºF low temperature in Austin. More than 35 inches of snow fell in Washington, DC, and white-out conditions were experienced as far south as Tampa, Florida.

From the very first page of First Snow in the Woods, readers will be fascinated by the exquisite photographs of wildlife amid a background of vibrant autumn reds and golds. Will the animals be ready for the cold, hard winter to come?

And all along the great gulf, all along the tall mountains that encircle Cannes, the white villa residences seem to be sleeping in the sunlight. You can see them from a distance, the white houses, scattered from the top to the bottom of the mountains, dotting the dark greenery with specks like snow.

About December, when the snow had come, she suffered so much from the icy-cold air of the chateau which seemed to have become chilled in passing through the centuries just as human beings become chilled with years, that she asked her husband one evening:

At first he was stunned at this extravagant idea of introducing a furnace into his manor-house. It would have seemed more natural to him to have his dogs fed out of silver dishes. He gave a tremendous laugh from the bottom of his chest as he exclaimed:

When the cold weather returned, she was brought face to face, for the first time, with the gloomy future. What was she to do? Nothing. What was going to happen to her henceforth? Nothing. What expectation, what hope, could revive her heart? None. A doctor who was consulted declared that she would never have children.

The earth, covered with snows seemed dead. She abruptly thrust forward her bare foot, and plunged it into the icy, fleecy snow. A sensation of cold, painful as a wound, mounted to her heart. However, she stretched out the other leg, and began to descend the steps slowly.

She touched the first pine tree with her hand, as if to assure herself that she had carried out her plan to the end; then she went back into the house. She thought two or three times that she was going to fall, so numbed and weak did she feel. Before going in, however, she sat down in that icy fleece, and even took up several handfuls to rub on her chest.

Jimmy (Guy Pearce) is a slick salesman whose glibness and charisma elevate him a little above the common con man. He's the kind of guy who could fulfill the cliché and sell an air conditioner to an Eskimo. He lives with a beautiful realtor girlfriend, Dierdre (Piper Perabo), but their interaction seems more formal than affectionate. His closest pal is a co-worker named Ed (William Fichtner), but there's no room in their relationship for any intimate bonding. Jimmy harbors a secret - Vincent (Shea Whigham), his childhood best friend, went to jail three years ago because Jimmy gave him up to the authorities to save himself from a prison term. There's guilt there, even if it has been repressed. Now that Vincent is out on parole, this event, which Jimmy had pushed into one of the dusty, vacant storage rooms of his memory, is of immediate importance - especially when a fortune teller (J.K. Simmons) predicts Jimmy's near-term death soon after the first snow falls.

Even though there is no doubt that we will have a least a few more sunny, warm falls days before the snow flies in Central Maine, we know that it is coming. In fact, the Old Farmer's Almanac has said that we can expect our first Nor'Easter of the winter season in October.

According to the How Much Snow website, Central Maine typically gets its first measurable snow (at least 1/4 inch) either at the very end of October or the beginning of November. This is especially true in the last few years.

For example, in Augusta, we got an inch of snow on November 21st in 2016. In 2017, we got our first real snow on November 14th. In 2018, it was on October 28th. In 2019, it was on November 12th. And, in 2020, it was November 3rd.

If you've just recently seen your first snowfall, we're sure you're living in a state of bliss. The fresh and crisp air that comes with snow is unparalleled. If you caught your first snow experience on film, you've come to the right place. Look below for the best Instagram captions to show off your pics! 041b061a72


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