Just when you thought it was safe to put the winter hats and gloves away.

Yes, Mother Nature has decided to get in on the April Fools' Day fun with us this Thursday, but this ain't no joke. Fake spring will end for a spell after Wednesday, and it looks like we will have some winter weather to contend with for April 1st.

After a couple of 60 degree days Tuesday and Wednesday, the Weather Channel is calling for chillier temperatures on Thursday around 40 degrees, with a mix of rain and SNOW SHOWERS in the afternoon. Now the good news here at this point is we are not talking about a major snow event. At this point. As we are well aware the mere fact that snow is entering the forecast is literally an unknown because who knows how this could end up playing out by Thursday. After all, this is Upstate New York. Smaller storms have a habit of exploding here. (Remember December?). Plus, the National Weather Service has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for areas just west of the Capital Region and they could see 3 to 5 inches of snow. It would take too much of a shift for more snow to move east. Just sayin'!

What are the snowfall extremes for spring snow in Albany? April snow is not unheard of, and in fact, the National Weather Service (NWS) says April 6-7, 1982 we got 17.7 inches! Our latest measurable snow was 2.2 inches on May 18, 2002 and our latest trace amount of snow fell on May 28, 1888.

Chances are you put the snowblower and shovels back into storage for the winter and you shouldn't need to pull them back out for April Fool's Day. But, let's keep our fingers crossed, just in case. OK?

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