BUFFALO, New York — Parts of New York finally caught a break Sunday after a storm spent days dumping potentially record amounts of snow on cities and towns east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Many businesses in the hardest-hit areas remained closed, but highways were reopened and travel bans were lifted in many areas, although lake-effect snow banks of up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) were expected to rise by morning. Monday in some parts of the area. states that were largely spared in earlier rounds.
“This was a historic storm. Without a doubt, this is one for the record books,” said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul at a news conference Sunday.
Snow began to fall Thursday in towns 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 small town near Watertown off the east side of Lake Ontario.
Similar multi-day storms have brought greater amounts of snowfall than in the past to New York, but the strength of Friday’s storm appeared to threaten the state’s record for most snowfall in a 24-hour period. : the 50 inches (127 centimeters) that fell on. Camden, New York, on February 1, 1966.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh, who is based in Buffalo, said it was too early to say whether this year’s snowfall will break that record.
Hochul is seeking a federal disaster declaration for the affected areas, which could unlock some aid. She said crews were checking on residents of mobile home parks in areas that received enough snow to cause roofs to crumple.
Due to the heavy snow, 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 warm water, then releasing it in wind-blown snow bands over land.
This month’s storm is the state’s worst since at least November 2014, when several communities south of Buffalo were hit with 7 feet (2 meters) of snow over three days, collapsing roofs and trapping motorists. on a stretch of New. York State Thruway.
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