Friday, January 7, 2022

Lake Effect Wrap-Up Story by Matt Surtel (BataviaNews.com)
An easy storm: Record snows in Bflo, sun and blue skies in GLOW region

In a sense, it was the typical Western New York lake effect snowstorm. Buffalo? Slammed. The GLOW region? Not so much.

As of about 4 p.m., portions of Buffalo had received about 12 to 15 inches of snow, breaking a one-day record, forcing the closure of the Skyway and making a mess of city streets. The plume then spread northeast, with the worst accumulations tapering off near the Genesee and Wyoming county borders.

“We had the lake effect snow band across the city of Buffalo, toward the airport and toward Pembroke this morning,” said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo. “ ... The band is roughly 10 or 12 miles wide, and the heavier snow is going to fall closer to the lake with better moisture sources. As it travels further inland, out toward Genesee County and Orleans County, just light snow showers from the lake effect snow. Not too much disruptions — not like what we’re seeing closer to Erie County, where deep snow-covered roads are making travel very difficult.”

So the GLOW region was spared — or missed out, if you’re a person who loves snowstorms.

Batavia had received about 1 or 2 inches of snow as of Thursday afternoon. Thomas said the city might receive another inch or two Thursday evening if the snow band moved south again. A lake effect snow warning remained in effect for Erie and Genesee County until 1 a.m. Friday morning.

The weather alerts were the primary, if not only, factors in numerous school closures on Thursday. Some area families used the free time, easy snow accumulations and blue skies to go sledding at parks and on hills. No weather-related accidents or difficulties were reported within the GLOW region. Initial reports showed the Attica, Alexander and Bennington getting much of the local accumulations.

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