First snowfall hits the Twin Tiers

By Megan Carpenter

November 24, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM EDT

Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Lots of snow made its way to parts of Central New York Saturday and Sunday, just in time for holiday shopping.

The season's first fluff began sweeping through parts of the Twin Tiers around noon on Saturday. People broke out their shovels for the first time all year.

"I had a little help with the sidewalk," Robin Curtis said. "I have a good neighbor."

This winter's first snowfall hit earlier than last year's. According to weather reports, snow was falling in Cortland at more than one inch per hour. Some said that's a red flag.

"I'm going to say it's going to be a cold, snowy winter," Kevin Kilts said.

For some, it wasn't the cold that had them craving a warm blanket and hot cocoa. It was the wind.

"It's hard to get warm and stay warm," Kilts said. "Shoveling is one thing, but when you stand around and the wind picks up, you're really cold."

Cortland's temperature was around 15 degrees Sunday, with wind gusts up to 20 miles per hour.

"I don't mind shoveling the snow, but that cold wind just goes through you," Curtis said.

By the end of the day Sunday, several northern areas could be seeing up to eight inches of snow. Still, some people said they're not worried.

"There's enough food in my house to get by and I don't worry about such things," Curtis said. "We're New Yorkers."

Many welcomed Sunday's winter wonderland, including Kevin Kilts's 2-year-old son, Owen.

"He woke up this morning and was pretty excited to see snow, so we had to get dressed and get right out here," Kilts said.

Other areas that got hit with snow included, Greene, Norwich, and Windsor.