Parts of New York are digging up after potentially ‘historic’ snowfalls

NEW YORK (AP) – Parts of New York finally took a break on Sunday after a storm spent days dumping a potentially record-breaking amount of snow on cities and towns east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Many businesses in the hardest-hit areas remained closed, but highways have reopened and travel bans in many areas have been lifted, despite expectations of lake-effect snow bands up to 0.6 meters (2 feet) in some parts of the country by Monday morning. would bring states that were largely spared in previous rounds.

“This was a historic storm. Without a doubt, this is one for the record books,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a briefing on Sunday.

Snow began to fall in cities south of Buffalo on Thursday. On Saturday, the National Weather Service recorded 77 inches (196 cm) in Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and 72 inches in Natural Bridge, a hamlet near Watertown on the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Similar multi-day storms have brought more snowfall to New York than in the past, but the severity of Friday’s storm seemed to threaten the state’s record for most snowfall in a 24-hour period: the 50 inches (127 centimeters) that fell in Camden, New York, February 1, 1966.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh, who lives in Buffalo, said it was too early to say if any of this year’s snowfalls surpassed that record.

Hochul is calling for a federal disaster declaration for the affected areas that would potentially unlock aid. She said the teams screened RV park residents in areas where there was enough snow to potentially crush roofs.

Due to heavy snowfall, a Sunday football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit.

New York is no stranger to dramatic lake-effect snow, caused by cool air picking up moisture from the warmer water and then releasing it overland in ribbons of windblown snow.

This month’s storm is at least the worst in the state since November 2014, when several communities south of Buffalo were hit by 7 feet of snow over three days, collapsing roofs and pinching motorists on a section of the New York State Expressway. Parts of New York are digging up after potentially ‘historic’ snowfalls

Dais Johnston

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