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October 10-11, 1979
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Snowfall amounts included: Allentown: 1.0"; Bridgeport: Trace; Carmel, NY: Trace; Dale Enterprise, VA: 8.0"; Danbury, CT: 3.0"; Hartford: 1.7"; Hot Springs, VA: 4.0"; New York City: Trace; and, Newark, NJ: Trace. The trace of snow in New York City tied the record for earliest snowfall on record.

Source: The New York Daily News, October 11, 1979, p.1.

News account:

Autumn storms swept through the New York metropolitan area yesterday [October 10], spinning out a freakish combination of thick fog, rain and the season’s first snowfalls in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The National Weather Service reported several “waterspouts,” a kind of wet tornado, in the waters near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. And Nassau County residents awoke to a resounding boom from a rare “superbolt”—a very intense boom contained in a thundercloud—that shook houses and set off burglar alarms.

Source: Barbara Basler, “Snow, Rain, Fog, and Waterspouts Combine in a Rare Day,” The New York Times, October 11, 1979.

Baltimore, Maryland

Source: The New York Daily News, October 11, 1979, p.58.
Washington, D.C.

Source: The New York Daily News, October 11, 1979, p.58.