National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


The March 14th Nor'easter, Pi Day Blizzard, was a significant storm that dumped 1 to 3 feet of snow across
the local area with some portions picking up an amazing 36 to 42 inches. The snow fell at 1 to 4 inches per hour
for much of the day. A particularly heavy band of snow rotated northward across the region during the late morning 
into the early afternoon and stalled out over portions of the Mohawk Valley, resulting in an incredible report
of 11.5 inches in 2 hours in Herkimer County.

There was a widespread extreme public impact, with many roads severely impacted and schools closed for 2 days. 
A state of emergency was issued for all New York Counties, and tractor-trailers were banned on most area interstates.
Numerous counties issued travel bans on county roads. The governor of Connecticut issued a statewide travel ban on 
state roads. Travel restrictions were issued for the Massachusetts Turnpike. Much of the train service across the
region was cancelled, and all flights were grounded at Albany International Airport.  In addition to the snowfall, 
gusty winds up to 40 to 50 mph resulted in near-zero visibility and blizzard conditions across the Mid-Hudson Valley, 
Catskills, Capital District, Taconics, Lake George-Saratoga Region, Berkshires, Litchfield Hills and much of southern 
Vermont. At higher elevations across the Berkshires, winds gusted as high as 74 mph. The winds brought considerable 
blowing and drifting of snow. 

Pic Albany
March 14, 2017 Albany, NY
Photo: Dan Thompson
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