Exactly 30 Years Later — Remembering Connecticut’s Earliest Snowstorm on Record
On October 4, 1987, Connecticut and New York had no idea what they were in for.
No one saw this one coming. On October 5, The National Weather Service was calling for unseasonably cool weather with spotty snow showers over parts of New York and New England but when the snow began and it just kept on coming closing roads and airports and cutting off electricity to over 300,000 people.
In a New York Times article, writer Robert McFadden talked with William Krause, a Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy who told him:
All hell is breaking loose. There's snow on everything, and trees and wires are down. We've got road blockages and grass fires and brush fires started by broken wires. I'm telling people to stay home.
I personally remember my DJ service must have had four weddings booked that weekend and all had to be postponed. Nobody could get anywhere, in fact, I couldn't get my vehicle out of the driveway.
Parts of the New York Thruway had to be closed along with all of Columbia and Dutchess County roads. The heaviest snow fell in Greene County, just south of Albany. Northwest Connecticut averaged 9 inches of the white stuff while Danbury and New Milford only got about 3 inches and 75,000 residents in Connecticut lost their power.
Even though the storm wasn't one of worst we'd ever seen, it was the earliest snowstorm on record, which we simply weren't ready to handle. It felt like we had been teleported two months ahead to December 4. Hey winter storm of October 5, 1987, Happy 30th Anniversary and don't do anything like that ever again!
Meet Simba, a Hurricane Refugee Brought to New Milford: