Update: 6am THURSDAY.
The machine cranking up again... They are watching for another potential 1-2' in spots today into tonight. UGH.
Here's the post that Samantha put up YESTERDAY
After seeing more images of this week's historic lake effect snow event in western New York, I'll be spending the rest of the day counting my blessings! Over the last few days, they have gotten a TON of snow up there. Really. Look at some of these totals from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo, NY.
SIXTY INCHES OF SNOW. Those are JUST from Erie County!
You can imagine that all of that snow piling up on cars, homes, and businesses can't be good. A scene like this might seem tranquil...
But snow piling up on rooftops and around doors can cause them to collapse.
Lake effect snow can make travel deadly. Sadly, as of this morning, this lake effect snow event has led to 5 deaths.
Photo from Caitlin Battaglia who is stuck on the Thruway near Lackawanna tolls. pic.twitter.com/RVcJCi7q1b— WGRZ (@WGRZ) November 19, 2014
Seriously, every picture blows my mind. Imagine opening up your garage doors to THIS.
Or waking up to this...
So, what caused all of this snow? What IS lake effect snowfall? Here's a great diagram to illustrate.
The most basic way to put it: You get a COLD wind, moving over WARMER water, that air rises, and BOOM. LOTS of snow. Lake effect snow events can produce as much as 200 inches or more of snow. Lake effect season typically runs from November through March.
There's no doubt that these folks will be digging out for quite a while.
As the Buffalo News exclaimed in their headline this morning...
Western New Yorkers are a resiliant bunch.
Unfortunately, another round of lake effect snow is likely today into tomorrow.