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Snow blankets Capital Region in season's first winter storm

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Last year, the Capital Region waited until almost February for the first snow storm of note. As YNN's Matt Hunter reports, on Thursday, local residents were treated to a hearty serving of winter weather four days ahead of the New Year.

ALBANY, N.Y. – Following last year’s unseasonably mild winter, Mother Nature has made her presence felt with the first storm of the year.

“Last year we just had one [storm] and I think it was in late February but other than that, it was 40 degrees,” said Albany resident Kurt Carman as he wiped several inches of snow off the front of his car.

“This is the stuff I carry with me just in case,” said Albany resident Oshemah Carrington, referring to her winter coat, hat and gloves. “But it’s been pretty nice up until now. We can’t really complain.”

Depending on where you live in the Capital Region, anywhere from three to almost 10 inches of snow blanketed the ground.

First starting early Wednesday evening, it continued to fall through the Thursday morning rush hour and into the afternoon, keeping many busy digging out.

“I don’t know, it’s not really too bad, but I can live without it,” said Matt Lopresti, who was snow blowing his Albany driveway early Thursday morning.

“Absolutely [it’s created problems],” Carrington said. “I’m trudging through it just like everybody else.”

While plenty of longtime residents may have developed a fondness for last season’s mild weather, plenty seem to know better than to expect winter to keep its distance for a second year in a row.

“It's a new year,” said Schenectady resident Lev Grin, who opted to walk to work down Central Avenue, rather than take his car out on slick roads. “The new year will now feel like a real new year."

“I remember winters when he had more than 100 inches of snow and others when we had in the nineties,” said longtime Albany resident Charles Kuzniar, whose family moved to the city from Virginia when he was 10. “This is not that much.”

“This is it, if you don’t like this then you need to go somewhere else,” Lopresti said.

The snow hasn’t only created headaches on the ground. By early morning, nearly 20 departing flights had been cancelled at Albany International Airport.

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