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How big was the snowstorm? In Albany, it now ranks as the 8th biggest - all time, National Weather Service says

How big was the snowstorm? In Albany, it now ranks as the 8th biggest - all time, National Weather Service says

How big was the snowstorm? In Albany, it now ranks as the 8th biggest - all time, National Weather Service says
Clearing snow on Broadway in Schenectady Tuesday
Photographer: Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer

ALBANY - The numbers are in: We didn't just get a lot of snow, we saw the eighth-biggest snowfall locally ever, at least at Albany, according to the National Weather Service.

For the storm that began Sunday and ended Tuesday morning, Albany recorded 22.6 inches of snow, the service said.

That now ranks ahead of the new No. 9 snowfall from Nov. 24-25, 1971 and behind the 23.5 inches recorded at Albany Dec. 18-22, 1887.

In fact, of the seven record snowfalls at Albany ahead of this week's storms, only three have happened in the lifetime of anyone reading this - 26.6 (No. 2) in 1993, 26.4 (No. 3) in 1969 and 24.5 (No. 5) in 1983.

But this week's snowfall is a mere dusting compared to the top snowstorm all-time at Albany. That record is held by the March 11-14, 1888 storm that dropped a whopping 46.7 inches - that's nearly four feet.

As far as December snowfalls go, this week's now ranks fourth all-time and we haven't seen a December snowfall like this since the 1969 storm.

Regional snowfall totals from the National Weather Service: Capital Region snowfall totals

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