NEW YORK — Parts of New York City finally calmed down Sunday after a storm spent days dumping a potentially record amount of snow on cities east of Lake Erie and Ontario.
——, although streaks of lake-effect snow were expected to bring up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) by Monday morning in parts of the state that were largely spared in earlier rounds.
“It was a historic storm. Without a doubt, it’s for the record books,” New York Gov. Cathy Hochul said at a briefing on Sunday.
Snow began to fall Thursday in cities south of Buffalo. By 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 village near Watertown on the eastern edge of Lake Ontario.
Such multi-day storms have produced heavier snowfall totals than in the past in New York, but the ferocity of Friday’s storm appeared to threaten the state’s record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period: the 50 inches (127 centimeters) that fell Camden, New York, February 1, 1966.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alambaugh, who is based in Buffalo, said it’s too early to tell if any of this year’s snowfall will exceed that record.
Hochul is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the affected areas, which would potentially unlock some aid. She said crews are checking on residents of mobile home parks in areas where there is enough snow for roofs to be crushed.
Due to heavy snowfall, Sunday’s football game between the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit.
New York is no stranger to dramatic lake-effect snow, which is caused by cool air picking up moisture from warmer water, then releasing it in streaks of windblown snow over land.
This month’s storm is at least the state’s worst since November 2014, when some communities south of Buffalo were hit with 7 feet (2 meters) of snow over three days, collapsing roofs and stranding drivers on a stretch of New Highway. York State.
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