Digging begins after Buffalo, western New York

parts of new york finally on sunday the storm spent the day Dumping potentially record-setting amounts of snow on cities and towns east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Many businesses remained closed in the most affected areas, but highways reopened and travel restrictions were lifted in many areas, although bands of lake-effect snow were expected to reach up to 2 feet (0.6 m) in some areas by Monday morning. Was. The state which was largely spared in the first round.

“This has been a historic storm,” New York Gov. Cathy Hochul said at a briefing Sunday. “Undoubtedly, this is one for the record books. And as someone who’s from Buffalo and lived upstate my whole life, we’ve seen a lot of snow. But when you hit 80 to 85 inches, So you know, just two days of snow events, everywhere from Natural Bridge to Orchard Park in the North Country, is something to tell your grandchildren about.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Hochul said there were about 1,200 power outages in the state, about 300 in Jefferson County and about 100 in Erie County.

Intense winter storm brings several feet of lake effect snow to the Buffalo area
Megan Barr and Amanda Johnson snowshoe through snow-covered streets following an intense lake-effect blizzard on November 20, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.

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Towns south of Buffalo began receiving snow Thursday. As of Saturday, the National Weather Service recorded 77 inches (196 cm) at Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and 72 inches at Natural Bridge, a hamlet near Watertown at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Similar multiday storms have brought larger snow totals to New York than ever before, but Friday’s storm’s fury threatened the state record for most snow in a 24-hour period: 50 inches (127 cm). ) that fell on February 1, 1966 in Camden, New York.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh, who is based in Buffalo, said it was too early to say whether any of this year’s snowfall will exceed that record.

Buffalo Public Schools, CBS Buffalo affiliate WIVB-TV reported that several area school districts have announced closures Monday and Tuesday. Travel restrictions were also in effect for several towns.

According to WIVB, the 77 inches in Orchard Park was the most for all the towns and villages in the state. Hamburg had 73.7 inches, while Blaisdell had 65 inches, and the top five were Elma’s 58.2 inches and West Seneca’s 49 inches.

Hochul is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the affected areas, which would potentially unlock some aid. She said teams were checking on residents of mobile home parks in areas where there was enough snow to potentially rip off roofs.

WIVB reported that the roof and walls of a bowling alley in Hamburg collapsed under the pressure of lake-effect snow. Hochul, who assessed the storm damage there on Saturday, noted the collapse of the bowling alley’s roof in his briefing, warning others that “these roofs can collapse when you’re five, six, seven feet on them.” Will put loads of snow.”

Due to heavy snowfall, a Sunday football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit.

New York is no stranger to dramatic lake-effect snow, which is caused by cold air picking up moisture from warm water, then releasing it on the ground in bands of wind-blown snow.

This month’s storm is at least the worst in the state since November 2014, when some communities south of Buffalo were hit by 7 feet (2 m) of snow over the course of three days, losing roofs and stranding drivers. Gave. York State Thruway.

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