A Memorial Day blizzard has dropped three feet of snow on a ski resort in upstate New York.
Whiteface Mountain spokesman Jon Lundin announced Monday that the nearly 5,000-foot ski mountain, located in the Adirondacks near the New York-Vermont border, was blanketed in three feet of fresh snow, the Associated Press reports. The massive snowfall forced the Olympic Regional Development Authority to close Whiteface Veteran Memorial Highway, located on the back side of the mountain.
According to Lundin, the snow began to lightly fall on Saturday. By Sunday, the storm had increased in intensity, steadily dropping snow until the evening, the Associated Press reports. Lundin was unsure whether or not the three feet of snow constituted a record for Whiteface Mountain.
Throughout the storm, Whiteface Mountain officials updated the Wilmington, N.Y., ski resort’s official Twitter page with photos of its employees coping with the freak late spring blizzard. Clad in heavy winter coats, the workers used heavy trucks to clear the roads that had been blanketed by the storm.
National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Muccilli in Burlington, Vt., stated that Whiteface Mountain experienced steady snowfall and strong winds throughout Memorial Day weekend, the Associated Press reports. He added that Mount Mansfield, in Stowe, Vt., received 13.2 inches of new snow on Sunday, the latest in the season that it’s ever had a foot of snowfall.
The late-May snowfall set records for several locations. Residents of Binghamton, N.Y., reported sleet and soft hail on Friday, May 24, the latest date that the town has experienced snow or sleet since 1951, the Daily Mail reports. In Syracuse, N.Y., a period of light snowfall on Friday marked the latest date that the city had received snow since May 17, 1973.