Western New York set to get even more snow after more than 5ft falls: NPR

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Western New York set to get even more snow after more than 5ft falls: NPR
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Tom Dee uses a shovel to dig after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area on Friday in Hamburg, NY

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Western New York Set To Get Even More Snow After More Than 5Ft Falls: Npr

Tom Dee uses a shovel to dig after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area on Friday in Hamburg, NY

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Residents of western New York can expect even more snow on Saturday after a major winter storm hit the area on Friday, dropping more than 5 feet in some areas and shutting down schools and businesses.

At least two people died of cardiac arrest while shoveling snow.

National Weather Service Buffalo Office meteorologist Liz Jurkowski said some spots could be hit an extra foot or two on Saturday.

“Things should start to clear up a bit,” Jurkowski told NPR. “You should be able to get out there and start clearing some of that snow, and you’ll wake up with a few more inches on Sunday morning.”

The NWS said snow could be heavy at times in Buffalo from Saturday to late afternoon, with wind gusts of up to 36 mph. The agency also said a lake effect snow warning would remain in effect until 1 p.m. ET Sunday in northern Erie and Genesee counties, saying travel could be “very difficult, if not impossible.” “.

Buffalo set a daily snowfall record on Saturday, racking up 16.1 inches around 9:30 a.m.

The weather agency reported that some towns in Erie County received more than 5 feet of snow Friday. Further upstate, parts of Jefferson County received nearly 50 inches on Friday.

In Hamburg, south of Buffalo, emergency crews struggled to reach people on Friday, WBFO’s Emyle Watkins told NPR. Other towns in the region had not been hit as hard, with some areas north of Buffalo receiving only a few inches of snowfall.

Crews were working around the clock to clear the wet, heavy snow that was falling at a faster than normal rate.

John Pilato, the highway superintendent for the city of Lancaster, said he tries to feed and rest his snow crews while they camp at the highway department.

“Bought as much food and grub as we could have on hand for these guys. We bought a bunch of K-cups so we could keep them a little caffeinated and fueled,” Pilato told Watkins. “It’s hard, it’s very hard. They’re not in their own bed, they’re on a chair or in a cot.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency on Thursday that covered 11 counties in the western part of the state. This included a number of travel bans on motorways and local roads.

Schools in Buffalo and Erie County canceled classes Friday, while Amtrak closed stations in the area.

The NFL also announced Thursday that a Buffalo Bills home game scheduled for Sunday against the Cleveland Browns has been moved to Detroit in a decision that “has everything to do with safety,” the Bills’ executive vice president said. , Ron Raccuia, to ESPN.

Kyra Laurie, a college student who was stranded at her parents’ home south of Buffalo in Orchard Park which received several feet of snow, told Watkins she was having a great time with her family, but said that this storm had surprised her.

“Being from Buffalo, you just assume you’ll make it, you can get through any type of snowstorm, but I feel like this one was really aggressive,” Laurie said.

Western New York Set To Get Even More Snow After More Than 5Ft Falls: Npr

Stella, a golden retriever, plays in the snow after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area Friday in Hamburg, NY

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Stella, a golden retriever, plays in the snow after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area Friday in Hamburg, NY

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Heavy snow is caused by the lake effect

The area is hit by lake effect snow, which occurs when cold air passes over a relatively warm body of water, picking up a lot of moisture and dropping it onto land. Areas near lakes can experience snowfall rates of up to 3 inches per hour or more.

Colin Beier, associate professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, told NPR that the difference between lake and air temperatures in the region is greatest until spring.

“It doesn’t surprise me that with this big cold air pass you still have a warm lake, if it’s pointed directly at a big city like Buffalo or anywhere you’re going to have a very significant amount of snow right now,” Beier said.

The message contains reports from WBFO Emile WatkinsWBFO Dave Debo and Ava Pukatch from WRVO and the Associated Press.

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