November 19, 2014 - 11:37 AM
BUFFALO NY - If you're disappointed winter conditions are creeping into the Thompson-Okanagan area, it might help to take a look at what's happening in Buffalo NY where they received 190 cm of snow yesterday.
The large dump of snow is a once-in-40-year event and after all the calculating is done, could be touted as the largest single snowfall in Buffalo history. The precipitation was lake-effect snow, which happens when a cold air mass picks up moisture over warm bodies of water. In this case, the lake was one of the great ones, Lake Erie.
Flights are cancelled and travel in and out of the city is restricted as cleanup continues. The national guard has been called in to help.
Another 5-25 cm of snow is forecast for the area today.
Other examples of snowstorms stranding motorists en masse on highways in recent years
New Yorkers dealing with massive snowstorm amid forecast for another round of lake-effect snow
Credit: Youtube: Alfonzo Cutaia
Time lapse video of lake-effect storm system moving through Buffalo NY, Nov. 18, 2014.
- Media sources are now stating 190 cm fell on Buffalo rather than 180 cm. This story has been updated to include this detail.
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