I'd agree on the B- grade for winter around Syracuse. I'm at about normal snowfall levels and temps weren't exactly mild...although the frequent cutters were unfortunate. I was going to go C+ but the early start with a 16" dump a week before Thanksgiving, with record cold to follow, bumps it up a touch.
Two themes with some recent repeatability...1) early start with big Novembers (2 of past 3 winters IIRC) and, 2) mid Dec to early Jan lull. The timing of the lull seems to be happening with some frequency over the past several years. Probably coincidence but the holidays are a crappy time for winter to go on hiatus.