The first frost (and first flakes?) are just around the cor­ner

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

By the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber last year, at least 18 ma­jor cities in the North­east had ex­pe­ri­enced their first frost. Some were a bit late, while oth­ers were a bit early.

The North­east Re­gional Cli­mate Cen­ter says the av­er­age date of Al­len­town’s first frost, based on 1981-2010, is Oct. 16. Our ear­li­est frost ever was Sept. 24, and the lat­est Nov. 13.

Three cities had mea­sur­able snow last year by Oct. 20 — Bing­ham­ton, Buf­falo and Rochester, New York.

While Al­len­town’s first mea­sur­able snow usu­ally doesn’t ar­rive un­til Dec. 7 or later, we’ve had a few in­stances of earl­y­sea­son or pre­sea­son snow in the Le­high Val­ley.

Re­mem­ber our “White Hal­loween” in 2011, when a sur­prise storm dropped 8 to 10 inches of snow and knocked out power across the re­gion? And no one can for­get the Nov. 15 storm that struck the area last year. That snow­storm dumped an of­fi­cial 7.2 inches at LVIA, about 4 more inches than ex­pected, caus­ing a traf­fic night­mare of jack­knifed trac­tor-trail­ers, dis­abled ve­hi­cles and mi­nor crashes. Thou­sands of mo­torists were stranded, many for more than six hours, on In­ter­state 78 and Route 33.

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