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Scrapbook: In 1987, region buried by snowiest January

Scrapbook: In 1987, region buried by snowiest January

People all over the Capital Region needed shovels in January 1987. A bunch of steady snowstorms put
Scrapbook: In 1987, region buried by snowiest January
DoraLynn Wike shovels the snow away from a school bus shelter on Schauber Road in Saratoga County in early 1987. January 1987 is the snowiest January on record, with 47.8 inches of precipitation.
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And the snow came down.

People all over the Capital Region needed shovels in January 1987. A bunch of steady snowstorms put 47.8 inches of white stuff on the ground by the end of the month — and made that January the snowiest in area history.

About 18 inches of snow fell Thursday into early Friday, Jan. 22-23. It was the second major storm of the week, and all the usual events came with the snow — cars off roads, schools and stores closing, supermarkets crowded with shoppers.

“It’s going to be a mess to clean up,” said Lt. Frank Ranucci of the Schenectady Police Department.

Some people were making life even messier for plowing crews. They were throwing snow from their driveways into the streets.

“We’d appreciate it of the people wouldn’t do it,” said Chuck Judeman, assistant superintendent for Schenectady’s Bureau of Service. “We don’t want confrontation, obviously.”

Seven inches of snow had fallen Monday, Jan. 19.

Through the month, people routinely brushed snow off their cars and houses. Kids with sleds and tubes had field days, especially if snowy fields had hills.

Giant problem

People had put away their shovels and snowsuits by Sunday, Jan. 26. Some were watching the 1987 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. Folks at the Mailbox Tavern on McDonald Avenue in Schenectady had to improvise when a power outage knocked out lights and the game at 7:15 p.m.

Candles and a battery-operated TV set saved the night.

Sports fans would remember the happening. Ann Stewart said her husband Robert walked out to their car in an effort to tune in the game. “He turned on the radio and the car went dead,” she said. “Now it won’t start.”

The lights had returned by 9:15, and by that time the Giants were celebrating their 39-20 victory. Some preferred the candlelight setting. “Put the lights back out,” someone yelled from the bar.

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