Friday, February 28, 2020

Day 2 of 2-Inch 'Blizzard,' Light Snow Flurries Early Friday Turn into late Morning Sunshine, Afternoon Snowfall

UPDATED: 2:12 PM - 2/28/20
CORRECTED: 12:31 AM - 2/29/20
To the naked eye, here in Southeastern Wyoming County, there has been a snow buildup of approximately two (2) inches over the course of the "Blizzard Warning" issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) out of Buffalo. An additional inch was received during the initial "Lake Effect Snow Warning."

To be fair, yes, we did have snow; yes, we did have wind; yes, we did have blowing snow; and yes, we did have a slight reduction in visibility; but for those of us who experienced the ravages of the Blizzard of '77, this could have been called "a snow day" and no one around Silver Lake would have thought it an understatement.

Perry Central Schools reluctantly closed Thursday as did most except for Attica which sits on our Wyoming County western border and may have been much more greatly affected by the storm area and conditions. Attica was closed both days. Perry was closed only Thursday and it appeared to be the last to do so. Perhaps the buses could not safely get out (the buses are no longer located in Perry as they had been for many years).

Google reports that "We're beginning the week with a Buffalo seasonal snow total of 56.5 inches, which is 15.3 inches below average. That's not near a record deficit, in case you're wondering, but it's likely the deficit will grow as the week progresses into next weekend."

The Buffalo News ran some wintry photos and spoke in comparative terms between regular winters and their current "snow deficit" winter of 2019-2020. The News itself was questioning what all the hoopla was about. It was simply a lackluster blizzard when measured on the scales of Western New York!

The weather conditions most likely met the basic elements of a "blizzard," so of course they "had to use the term." For the record, southeastern Wyoming County did not experience what most Western New Yorker's would call "a blizzard." 

This once again proves my point that when the weather bureau forecasts for "Wyoming County," we in the southeastern corner can take it with "a grain of road salt." Our weather was closer to Livingston County this week. The Grand Canyon of the east may serve as Wyoming's border with Livingston County, but its meteorological significance reaches somewhat westward most of the time. 

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