Buffalo, New York typically sees at least one winter storm by early December. Not this year. A 116-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall was surpassed on Friday. It may be a while before they see any snow. This is a far cry from last year’s historic winter season.
November of 2014 brought record-setting lake effect snowfall to western New York. The winter kicked off with back-to-back storms, dropping five to seven feet of accumulation just southeast of Buffalo. The first of the two storms caused 13 deaths, hundreds of major roof collapses and structural failures, thousands of stranded motorists, and scattered food and gas shortages due to impassable roads. Just hours after the first round ended, an additional one to four feet fell over the next few days in nearly the same spot. It took eight months for all of the winter snow to finally melt.
This year’s no snow spell is forecast to continue at least for the next seven days. A system will bring wet weather to Buffalo later this week. But the cold air needed for winter precipitation will be missing. Highs will be mild (in the 50s) and even the lows will stay well above freezing.
The winter weather will be kept at bay with the above normal temperatures expected to persist for the month of December. The Climate Prediction Center issued its outlook through mid-December, showing a high probability of above normal temperatures for the Upper Midwest through the Northeast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Karissa Klos & Meteorologist Monica Cryan