Buffalo’s first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year’s worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days.
More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday. The average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet.
“This is a historic event. When all is said and done, this snowstorm will break all sorts of records, and that’s saying something in Buffalo,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the city.
Christopher Burt, a weather historian with the Weather Underground, said this Lake Erie snowstorm “will go down as the most extreme on record.”
For the second straight day, overnight temperatures in all 50 states Wednesday fell to freezing or lower — even in Hawaii, atop the high mountain summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.
At least seven deaths in western New York were blamed on the snow, including three from heart attacks while shoveling.
While the worst of the cold will ease Thursday, temperatures will still be below-average in the East, the National Weather Service said.
SOURCE: Doyle Rice