November is a rather cold and dreary month. Weather systems crossing relatively warm Lake Ontario into colder air lead to frequent cloudy days in the Mohawk Valley. There are occasionally a few warmer days with afternoon high temperatures sometimes reaching 60°, but most of the time temperatures are under 50°F and a jacket is needed and occasionally a winter coat, as mornings are often frosty.
The landscape is predominantly gray and brown, with a dash or two of burnt orange or crimson of sumac or the few leaves that remain. This quickly changes with the first seasonal snowfall. In some recent years, we received only a trace of snow in November. Most years, however, the Mohawk Valley receives its first significant snowfall in November.