Lake-Effect Snow Band Redevelops, Buffalo Southtowns Brace For More Heavy Snow
After dumping more than five and a half feet of snow on the southern side of Buffalo, the lake-effect snow machine shutoff on Wednesday. The break, caused by changing wind patterns, was short-lived. In the wake of another cold front and a passing upper-level low, very cold air has filtered in to the region.
Combining the effect of the cold air, warm lake-surface temperature and southwesterly winds, the lake-effect snow machine is once again kicking into high gear. The latest band to develop is also impacting the Buffalo Southtowns, which is already dealing with 4 to 5 feet of snow on the ground.
This latest lake-effect event could add even more to that already record-shattering snow totals. The most recent forecast — from the National Weather Service in Buffalo — indicates another 2 to 3 feet of snow is possible when all is said and done.
Some of the snow bands are likely to produce 2 to 3 inches of snow per hour, making for near whiteout conditions. A lake-effect snow warning is in effect until late Friday morning.
The additional influx of snow will make travel conditions all that much worse and a state of emergency has been declared in Erie County, N.Y. All travel by area residents is banned and only authorized officials are allowed to be out on the roads.
The massive amount of snow is causing other critical problems as well, “Officials say they are turning attentions to collapsed roofs, particularly in West Seneca where mobile homes are experiencing severe structure damage as a result of the very heavy lake-effect snow,” reports WeatherNation affiliate WGRZ.
Unfortunately, there have been eight confirmed deaths associated with this massive snowfall. Nearly half of the deaths were caused from cardiac arrest as people attempted to shovel heavy, wet snow.
“Those with health problems are asked to please monitor your condition and do not over-exert yourself,” says WGRZ.
This is an ongoing situation and WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping and eye on the area, as the snow piles up. Check back often for updates.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond