Buffalo snowstorm and New York Lake effects
People living in western New York got even more snow Saturday following a massive winter storm swept through the region on Friday. It dropped over the 6 feet in some places and closed businesses and schools.
The National Weather Service said snow fell in areas of Niagara County at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour during the afternoon of Saturday.
“You aren’t able to travel anyplace,” Liz Jurkowski, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, spoke on Saturday. “Major roads are shut currently because they’re slick by snow. Most people here are just trying to dig out their own snow.”
Buffalo snowstorm hit to the New York
Jurkowski said the massive 6-foot snowfall was the three most significant snowfalls recorded in the Buffalo region. The region hasn’t had this much snow since 2014.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Saturday that this could be the snowiest day over a 24-hour time frame in the history of New York. She claimed she was deploying 150 National Guard and wanted the federal government declaration of an emergency.
Two people have passed away from cardiac arrest during working to shovel snow.
The NWS stated that wind speeds could exceed 36 speeds. They also warned that wind speeds could reach up to 36 mph. Agency also noted that a lake-effect snow advisory is in effect from 1 p.m. ET on Sunday in Northern Erie and Genesee counties warning that travel would become “very complicated to nearly impossible.”
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Buffalo set records for snowfall per day early on Saturday, collecting 16.1 inches before 9:15 a.m.
The weather service reported that several cities in Erie County had received more than 5 feet of snow on Friday. Further north in the state, certain parts of Jefferson County got nearly 50 inches of snow on Friday.
The next day, regions in the state to the east and west of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario recorded totals of greater than 6 feet.
In Hamburg, to the south of Buffalo, Emergency crews had difficulty reaching people on Friday. The other towns within the region were not affected as severely, and some areas north of Buffalo only got inches of snow.
Crews were working around all hours to remove heavy, wet snow falling at more speed than usual.
John Pilato, the highway supervisor who oversees the municipality of Lancaster, stated that he was working to make sure his team of snowmen were well-fed and restful during their stay in the department of highways.
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A potential danger storm is moving into Buffalo snowstorm and the western part of New York.
“We purchased as much food and supplies for these people as we could store in the pantry. We purchased a lot of K-cups to keep them high-energy and caffeinated,” Pilato told Watkins. “It’s very hard, extremely difficult. The children aren’t in their own bed, they’re on an armchair, or in the crib.”
On Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared an emergency that encompassed 11 counties within the Western region of the state. It also included travel restrictions on roads and interstates.
Buffalo and Erie County schools canceled classes Friday and Saturday as Amtrak closed its regional stations.
The NFL also announced Thursday that the Buffalo Bills home game scheduled to take place this Sunday with Cleveland Browns had been moved to Detroit as a decision made by the league that “has all to do with security,” Bills Executive Vice President Ron Raccuia stated to ESPN.
Kyra Laurie university student who ended up stranded in her parent’s home to the south of Buffalo within Orchard Park that got several feet of snow, said to Watkins she’d had a wonderful vacation with her loved ones. However, this storm took her off guard.
“Being from Buffalo it’s easy to assume that you’ll get through it, and that you’ll be able to get through any snow storm, but I’m feeling that this one’s been a bit brutal,” Laurie said.
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The Buffalo snowstorm is a heavy result of the lake effect.
The area is being hammered with lakes-effect snow that occurs when cold air flows over a warmer body of water, taking in large amounts of moisture and falling it onto the land. The areas near lakes could experience snowfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour or greater.
Colin Beier, an associate professor at Colin Beier, an associate professor at Suny College of Environmental Science and Forestry, told us that the gap between air and lake temperatures in the region is at its highest up to spring.
“It does not surprise me that even with the massive shift towards cold air you still have an icy lake. If it’s pointed at the city of Buffalo or wherever it’s pointed, there’s going to be an impressive amount of snow at the moment,” Beier said.
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