Winter; An Upstate NY Way of Life

Winter might be a way of life if you're from Upstate NY, but that doesn't mean we all feel the same way.   While some of us make the most of the (seemingly) endless colder months, others, like me, who don't ski, ice skate, or enjoy 4:30 PM sunsets, think differently about the coldest season of the year.

But if there's one thing that most Upstate New Yorkers can agree on when it comes to winter, it's that our tolerance level of snow goes way up if it means we'll have a white Christmas.

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75% of New York residents want a white Christmas

According to a survey, 3 out of every 4 New Yorkers want a white Christmas this year, and according to, the following is a list of the top 15 cities in New York, and the chance that they'll have a fresh blanket of white stuff when they wake up on Christmas morning.

  1. Newcomb 91%
  2. West Turin 88.5
  3. Indian Lake 88.5%
  4. Lake Placid 86.6%
  5. Big Moose Lake 85.8%
  6. Boonville 4.6%
  7. North Creek 81.8%
  8. Ellenburg 80.5%
  9. Tully 80.2%
  10. Lowville 77.9%
  11. Syracuse 56.3%
  12. Buffalo 52.7%
  13. Rochester  51.5%
  14. Albany  41.6%
  15. Islip  13.7%
  16. New York City 13.2%

By the looks of this list, the further north you go in New York, the better the chance of a white Christmas for its residents.  The city with the best overall chance is Newcomb, NY, about 2 hours north of Albany.  According to the data, they'll have fluffy white Xmas powder over 90% of the time.

The further south and or west that you go, the percentages drop, but a white Christmas certainly isn't out of the realm of possibility.

Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo all have about a 50/50 chance, while further east in Albany, Capital Region residents have just over a 40% chance.

Albany's First Snowfall: The Date You Should Expect To See White

As we enjoy the splendor of Fall here in Upstate New York, we all know what is lurking in the near future - snow and winter fun! And guess what? The flakes will be flying and the Weather Channel says we could get that first measurable Albany snowfall very soon!

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See The Capital Region's 5 Favorite Places To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

The holiday season is here which means you will soon heading out in the family cruiser to pick out the most important decoration for your home; your Christmas tree! If you are looking for a new Capital Region destination to cut your own, here are the best of the best to go tree hunting with your family this year according to our listeners.

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The Capital Region's Worst Roads To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the Capital Region can be a chore in the warmer months. But during the winter, there are some roads local drivers would rather avoid. That applies when the snow falls and in some cases when our wintertime nemesis, pool-sized potholes, begin reproducing like rabbits! Here are the worst Capital Region roads to navigate while driving in the snow according to YOU.

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