Buffalo snowstorm: Massive snowfall buries cars news
BUFFALO, N.Y. -
Piles of snow, in some places taller than most people, buried parts of western and northern New York as a lake-effect storm pounded areas east of Lake Erie
and Lake Ontario for a third straight day Saturday, with possibly even more to come.
Snowfall totals as high as 77 inches (196 centimetres) were reported in the Buffalo
suburb of Orchard Park, home to the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Partway across the state, the town of Natural Bridge, near the Fort Drum Army base, reported just under 6 feet (1.8
The snowfall in some spots ranked among the highest ever recorded in the area, rivalling the eye-popping amounts that fell during similar storms in 2014 and 1945.
The snowfall totals, which began accumulating Thursday night in some spots, "would be on the order of historic not only for any time of year but for any part of the country,"
said National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Pereira, at NWS headquarters in College Park, Maryland.
The lake-effect storm, caused by cold air picking up moisture from
warmer lakes, created narrow bands of windblown snow that dumped feet of snow in some communities, while leaving towns a short drive away relatively unscathed.
havoc on some roadways, as trucks that took to smaller backroads to avoid a closure on parts of an interstate in the area ended up in mass gridlock that Erie County Executive Mark
Poloncarz described on social media as "tractor-trailer demo derby day."
It also wreaked havoc on the wedding plans of Robert Junge and Maria Szeglowski, who had picked this
day for their nuptials after getting engaged exactly a year ago.
Their reception venue cancelled, rescheduling for next week. The musician they hired for their church
ceremony also couldn't make it, along with more than half of their expected 180 guests.
But they were determined, using one of two limos they rented to get the bride to the
church, while Junge drove himself.
"Nothing was going to stop me from marrying her, no matter what," Junge, 35, of North Tonawanda, New York, told The Associated Press.
On the bright side, he said, the snow is "going to make for some beautiful pictures."
The snowfall forced the National Football League to move Sunday's game between the Bills
and Cleveland Browns to Detroit.
Partial sunshine and a break from the snow came in some of the hardest-hit areas south of Buffalo's center Saturday as the snow bands shifted
Forecasters predicted several inches more could fall Saturday night into Sunday, although Pereira said different areas in the region were likely to be hit rather than