Buffalo Gets Hit With Lake Effect Snow Blast
The suburbs south and east in Buffalo were hit with an historic lake effect snow storm on the night of Monday November 16th, 2014. While the Buffalo Metro area and northern suburbs will probably only end up with approximately 10 inches of snow for the week, some area of Erie County will be around 75 inches of snow. This is approximately the annual average snowfall for the entire year.
Through Wednesday November 18th, there have already been 7 reported deaths. I expect there to be even more, weather it be from people unable to get to the hospital, people stranded on the roads, or even people that may die of carbon monoxide poisoning inside their houses. Further, there is going to be flooding this weekend, which may lead to even more deaths.
In the heaviest bands over the past 2 days, snow has fallen at almost 5 inches per hour, which is incredible. Even another 2 feet is expected to fall through Friday in the snowiest area. Stephanie Abrams of the weather channel said that it was the most intense snow storm that she had ever been apart of. Driving bans were in roughly half of the county, with schools throughout the county closed for for what will most likely be 4 days.
There was the blizzard of 77, blizzard of 85, 7 feet of snow in 2001, the October storm of 2006, and now this storm. These are historic storms that will always be remembered.