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Heavy Lake Effect Snow In Buffalo, NY

February 2, 2013 2 comments

An intense band of lake effect snow moved into Buffalo early this morning and dropped 6-10″ in a few hours around the airport before moving further north into Niagara County.

Heavy snow fell for much of the day between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Areas such as Grand Island, North Tonawanda, Sanborn, and South Lockport received the brunt of this storm.

From 7:30pm to 8:15pm, Grand Island received 4.0″ of snow. That’s not a typo, 4 inches in 45 minutes.

Here are snow totals reported so far for this storm;

Erie County

Grand Island – 14.6″

Kenmore – 13.7″

North Park – 12.0″

Riverside – 11.2″

Williamsville – 10.3″

Elmwood Village – 9.9″

Depew – 9.5″

Lancaster – 9.4″

Harris Hill – 9.2″

Buffalo Niagara International Airport – 9.1″

Tonawanda – 8.5″

Clarence – 8.0″

Alden – 8.0″

Akron – 5.5″

West Seneca – 4.0″

Hamburg – 3.3″

Niagara County

Sanborn – 13.0″

North Tonawanda – 10.0″

Niagara Falls Airport – 8.7″

South Lockport – 8.0″

Pendleton – 7.7″

Lockport – 6.8″

Cambria – 5.5″

Youngstown – 3.5″

I will update storm totals as they come in.

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Pictures below were taken on Grand Island.

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Lake Effect Snow

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New York State Lake Effect Snow Totals

January 24, 2013 24 comments
Parts of Western and Central New York were buried by as much as 2-3 feet of
lake effect snow from January 20 through January 24, 2013.
Below are reports of total snow accumulation during that period.
Information from the Buffalo, NY NWS website was used.

ALLEGANY COUNTY
   RUSHFORD               7.6   700 AM  1/24  
   WEST ALMOND            6.6   700 AM  1/24  
   ALFRED                 2.9   700 AM  1/24  
   WHITESVILLE            1.5   700 AM  1/24  

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY
   PERRYSBURG            25.0  1100 AM  1/24  
   WEST VALLEY           16.0   700 AM  1/24  
   LITTLE VALLEY         13.5   700 AM  1/24 
   FRANKLINVILLE         11.0  1100 AM  1/24
   RANDOLPH              10.0   700 AM  1/24  
   ALLEGANY               6.8   700 AM  1/24  
   OLEAN                  4.0   700 AM  1/24  

CAYUGA COUNTY
   FAIR HAVEN            36.0   700 AM  1/24 
   STERLING              35.0   700 AM  1/24

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY
   RIPLEY                26.8   700 AM  1/24  
   FORESTVILLE           20.5   700 AM  1/24  
   SINCLAIRVILLE         20.0  1100 AM  1/24
   JAMESTOWN             12.5  1100 AM  1/24  
   KENNEDY               11.1   700 AM  1/24  
   DUNKIRK                8.6   700 AM  1/24  

ERIE COUNTY 
   COLDEN                18.9  1100 AM  1/24 
   GLENWOOD              17.5   700 AM  1/24 
   BOSTON                15.5   700 AM  1/24  
   COLLINS               15.0   700 AM  1/24
   HOLLAND               14.1   700 AM  1/24  
   HAMBURG               12.2   700 AM  1/24 
   BLASDELL              11.3   700 AM  1/24  
   WALES                 11.0   700 AM  1/24  
   EAST AURORA            6.5   700 AM  1/24  
   ELMA                   5.9   700 AM  1/24   
   WEST SENECA            3.5   700 AM  1/24  
   GRAND ISLAND           3.4  1100 AM  1/24
   WILLIAMSVILLE          2.1  1100 AM  1/24  
   BUFFALO NIAGARA ARPT   2.0  1100 AM  1/24  

GENESEE COUNTY
   STAFFORD               0.5   700 AM  1/24  

JEFFERSON COUNTY
   MANNSVILLE             7.0   700 AM  1/24  
   PIERREPONT MANOR       4.0   700 AM  1/24  
   THERESA                0.3   700 AM  1/24  

LEWIS COUNTY
   OSCEOLA               19.0   700 AM  1/24  
   HIGHMARKET            10.7   700 AM  1/24  
   CONSTABLEVILLE        8.5    700 AM  1/24  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY
   DANSVILLE              2.1   700 AM  1/24  

MONROE COUNTY
   HAMLIN BEACH          11.0   700 AM  1/24  
   HILTON                 8.0   700 AM  1/24  
   PARMA CENTER           7.0   700 AM  1/24  
   ROCHESTER              4.4  1100 AM  1/24  
   ROCHESTER ARPT         3.6  1100 AM  1/24  
   NORTH CHILI            0.9   700 AM  1/24  

NIAGARA COUNTY
   NEWFANE               12.0   700 AM  1/24  
   BARKER                10.0   700 AM  1/24 
   LOCKPORT               5.1   700 AM  1/24  
   NIAGARA FALLS ARPT     5.0  1100 AM  1/24  
   YOUNGSTOWN             3.1   700 AM  1/24  
   NORTH TONAWANDA        2.8  1100 AM  1/24  
   PENDLETON              2.5   700 AM  1/24  

ORLEANS COUNTY
   LYNDONVILLE           13.0   700 AM  1/24  
   CARLTON               10.0   700 AM  1/24

OSWEGO COUNTY
   FULTON                38.4  1100 AM  1/24 
   PHOENIX               36.8  1100 AM  1/24  
   PALERMO               36.7  1100 AM  1/24 
   BOWEN CORNERS         34.0   700 AM  1/24 
   BENNETTS BRIDGE       33.0   700 AM  1/24 
   PULASKI               30.7   700 AM  1/24 
   MINETTO               26.9   700 AM  1/24  
   LACONA                24.8   700 AM  1/24  
   SANDY CREEK           18.4   700 AM  1/24  
   OSWEGO                17.3   700 AM  1/24  
   MEXICO                14.9  1100 AM  1/24  

WAYNE COUNTY
   SODUS                 12.0   700 AM  1/24 
   SODUS POINT            8.0   700 AM  1/24 
   WALWORTH               2.7   700 AM  1/24  
   PALMYRA                1.3   700 AM  1/24  

WYOMING COUNTY
   WARSAW                13.2   700 AM  1/24  
   SILVER SPRINGS         8.5   700 AM  1/24

Updated Lake Effect Snow Totals For New York State

January 23, 2013 1 comment

A lake effect snow event has continued over parts of Western and Central New York since January 20, 2013. Snow bands off of Lakes Erie and Ontario have produced significant accumulations in localized areas.

Listed below is the most recent reported storm totals for counties in New York State as of Wednesday, January 23, 2013:

Cattaraugus County

Perrysburg – 24.0″

West Valley – 13.5″

Little Valley – 10.5″

Franklinville – 10.0″

Cayuga County

Sterling – 31.0″

Fair Haven – 30.0″

Chautauqua County

Ripley – 26.8″

Sinclairville – 18.0″

Kennedy – 9.9″

Dunkirk – 6.8″

Erie County

Glenwood – 15.0″

Collins – 14.0″

Colden – 14.0″

Boston – 12.5″

Hamburg – 8.7″

Blasdell – 7.8″

Wales – 7.0″

Lewis County

Osceola – 19.0″

Highmarket – 10.7″

Monroe County

Hamlin Beach – 11.0″

Hilton – 8.0″

Parma Center – 7.0″

Niagara County

Newfane – 10.0″

Barker – 8.0″

Orleans County

Carlton – 7.0″

Oswego County

Fulton – 38.0″

Palermo – 36.5″

Bowen Corners – 34.0″

Bennetts Bridge – 33.0″

Pulaski – 30.7″

Minetto – 25.9″

Lacona – 24.7″

Wayne County

Sodus – 12.0″

Sodus Point – 8.0″

Wyoming County

Warsaw – 11.7″

Silver Springs – 8.0″

How Warm Will Buffalo, NY Get This Weekend?

January 11, 2013 1 comment

It’s shaping up to be an extremely mild weekend for Buffalo and the Western New York area.

The high temperatures on both Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13, will surely top 50°F and may even approach 60°F. This is nearly 30°F above the average high for this time of year, but is not unheard of.

There is almost always a winter “thaw” in WNY and this usually occurs sometime in January.

While it is a nice respite for WNYer’s, melting snow and ice can cause ice jams in creeks or streams that lead to localized flooding along their banks. Drains clogged by debris can also back up, partially flooding area streets and sidewalks.

Local ski resorts also take a hit, especially if their base snow depth is below average.

Temperatures will begin to fall Sunday night back towards the freezing mark and should remain there through next week.

There is also a chance for below average temperatures to invade WNY, and the rest of the country, by January 20.

A very cold air mass is expected to drop south into the country from Canada by the end of next week and bring well below average temperatures for much of the continental United States. This period of colder than normal temperatures may persist through the end of January and into February.

Buffalo, NY Weather Forecast: Sunday, January 6 2013

January 5, 2013 1 comment
Sunday, January 6

2am – Light snow showers may bring a dusting of snow to the region before sunrise. A southwest wind of 10 mph will continue through the predawn hours. Temperature of 31°F.

7am – Southwest winds will be increasing to 15 mph with gusts of 25 mph possible. Temperatures will be right around 32°F. Skies will be cloudy with scattered flurries.

12pm – A breezy wind from the southwest around 20 mph at times will persist into the afternoon hours. Temperatures should make it above freezing to 36°F. Overcast skies and isolated flurries or sprinkles are possible.

2pm – A cold front will cross Western New York at this time. There will be a change in wind direction to the west then northwest at 15 mph, falling temperatures, and light snow showers for late afternoon into evening.

5pm – The cold front will have passed through the region by this time. Our temperature will be 30°F with light snow falling. Winds will have veered to the west between 10-15 mph. Minor accumulations of snow up to 1″ are possible, mainly south and east of Buffalo.

10pm – Temperatures will be near 28°F and winds will be from the northwest at 10 mph. There may still be a flurry or light snow shower in the area, especially south of Buffalo. Overnight minimum temperatures will range from 24°F on the lake plain to the upper teens in areas further away from the lakes.

Watch for slick spots on roadways from early evening through overnight.

Low Pressure Bombing Off New England Coast

December 29, 2012 1 comment

A storm system currently centered over Pennsylvania is giving way and transferring it’s energy to a developing low off the Mid-Atlantic coast.

This low-pressure system is going to eventually “bomb out” off the New England coast near the Gulf of Maine this evening. “Bombing out” or “bombogenesis” is a term meteorologists use to describe when a low-pressure system rapidly intensifies.

Sea level pressure may fall as much as 24 millibars in a 12-hour period creating a very tight pressure gradient. This will result in strong winds along the northeast coast from Massachusetts to Maine tonight.

There will also be an area of heavy snow along and inland from the coast. Significant snow will fall  north and east of West Haven, Connecticut to Newport and Providence, Rhode Island, to the south and east of Worcester, Massachusetts to Boston, and along the entire coasts of New Hampshire and Maine. Total accumulations of 6-12 inches are likely in these areas by the time the storm is over.

Some light snow is even expected to fall in the New York City area where a couple of inches may accumulate.

Major Snowstorm For Buffalo To Start Wednesday Evening

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Buffalo and the entire Western New York area are poised to receive their first major snowstorm this winter season.

Snow is likely to start Wednesday, December 26, during the afternoon and continue through Thursday morning, December 27.

Total snowfall accumulations may reach 6 inches or more for the entire area by Thursday morning.

The snow may become heavy Wednesday evening and continue during the night. Winds may also become strong Wednesday night as well, with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures will remain between 28°F and 32°F throughout this storm, so this system will not have bitter cold temperatures.

The main problem will be heavy snow Wednesday evening and into the early morning hours on Thursday which will make travel very difficult.

Here are a few plots from the GFS 6-hour precipitation accumulation forecast model for Wednesday at 1pm through 1am Thursday that highlights the significant snow that may fall during that time.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo, NY for the potential of 8-15 inches of snow.