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Originally posted by djohnsto77
Lake effect snow is unusual now because usually the lakes are already frozen over, but this has been until recently a pretty warm winter. Here in New York City, we have yet to get any major snow event, but it's certainly cold enough for it now if any system comes along.
Originally posted by dawnstar
Getting that much snow dumped on you in such a short amount of time isn't that unusual.
Lake-Effect Snow Climatology in the Great Lakes Region
But the granddaddy of all lake-effect snows in the Great Lakes basin appears to be the accumulation that hit Oswego, New York over the five day period 27-31 January 1966 (some of the snow may have been due to a blizzard moving up the coast). By the time the snow abated, 259 cm (102 inches) of snow had accumulated, about two thirds of the city's annual total. About half of that total fell on the 31st.
Originally posted by Regenmacher
They are approaching 100 inches of snow which is only 2 inches shy of most snow ever recorded in a single event that was 40 years ago. More snow is coming too, so it looks like the biggest lake effect event ever.
Redfield – 111”
Parish – 94”
Mexico – 88”
The lake effect has drawn to a close and below you'll see the snow totals of this historic lake effect event. Officially, 141" of snow fell in Redfield. The National Weather Service doesn't keep a record of long-term snow events, only 24 hour totals. The largest 24 hour total was 28" in Redfield. The record 24 hour snowfall is for Montague. 77" of snow was reported back in 1997 there.