News > Lake effect snow in western New York
Some parts of far western New York experienced lake effect snow on 18th/19th November 2014. Areas just to the east of Lake received over a meter of snow, with some towns receiving several cm of snow in an hour. To put this into context, the 1981-2010 average snowfall for November in Buffalo is around 20 cm.
The event began when Arctic air surged southward to the east of the Rocky Mountains breaking temperature records in some places. This cold, dry air swept over Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes - which are still relatively warm at this stage of season – picking up the moisture and heat, and dumping it as snow in ‘bands’ on the downwind shoreline of western New York. Buffalo even experienced ‘thundersnow’. The lake effect snow has been increasing around the Great Lakes as the climate warms.
At least eight people have been killed, and many others have been stranded in vehicles for over 24 hours. However, more snow is forecast over the next couple of days, with fears of flooding as temperatures rise, and the preciptiation turns to rain.
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