NEW YORK — Parts of New York finally took a break on Sunday after a storm spent days dumping a potentially record amount of snow on towns and villages east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
——, though bands of lake-effect snow were expected to reach 2 feet (0.6 meters) by Monday morning in parts of the state that were largely untouched in previous rounds.
“It was a historic storm. Without a doubt, it’s one of the record books,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said during a briefing on Sunday.
Snow began to fall Thursday in towns south of Buffalo. On Saturday, the National Weather Service recorded 77 inches (196 cm) at Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and 72 inches at Natural Bridge, a hamlet near Watertown off the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
Similar multi-day storms brought heavier snowfall than in the past to New York City, but the ferocity of Friday’s storm appeared to threaten the state record for most snowfall over a period of 24 hours: the 50 inches (127 centimeters) that fell on Camden, New York, on February 1, 1966.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh, based in Buffalo, said it was too early to tell if any of this year’s snowfall exceeded that record.
Hochul is asking for a federal disaster declaration for affected areas, which would potentially unlock aid. She said crews were monitoring residents of mobile home parks in areas where there was enough snow to potentially crumple roofs.
Due to heavy snowfall, a Sunday football game between the Buffalo Bills and the 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 warmer water and then releasing it in bands of windblown snow over land. .
This month’s storm is at least the state’s worst since November 2014, when some communities south of Buffalo were hit with 7 feet (2 meters) of snow over three days, collapsing roofs and trapping drivers on a section of the New York State Highway.
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