Lockport digs out from record snowfall

James Neiss/Staff PhotographerDan Ritz was one of dozens of Lockport residents who were forced to break out the snowblowers Tuesday following an overnight storm that dropped a record-breaking 10.7 inches of snow in the Lockport area. This week's snowfall eclipsed the previous record high for a Nov. 11. The previous record dated back to 1942. 

Monday’s snowfall was a record-breaker for the Lockport area. 

Dan Kelly, a meteorologist with National Weather Service, said Lockport received 10.7 inches during a storm that started early Monday and extended into Tuesday morning. 

Kelly said the amount broke the previous record for a Nov. 11 snowfall, which was set in 1942. 

The entire Buffalo-Niagara region experienced an unusual amount of snow for the first half of November, with Buffalo recording 8.7 inches overnight, enough to eclipse the previous record for Nov. 11, 5.2 inches, also set back in 1942. 

Monday’s snowfall was not the earliest that snow has fallen in the area, but it was the largest amount recorded in mid fall. On average, the first sign of snow comes around Oct. 24 and the average first measurable (1/10 inch or more) batch of snow arrives around Nov. 8. Kelly said the region usually doesn’t see an inch or more of snow until Nov. 18 or later. 

Kelly said this week’s snowfall was a result of a large scale system, rather than lake effect snow. He noted that lake effect snow is more of an isolated band, whereas a large system can cover a state or two. He also pointed out that the snow was heavier and wetter this time around. 

“Usually with lake effect you have the drier and the larger snow crystals. Here it was a lot wetter,” Kelly said. 

Kelly expects the area will transition now into lake effect snow, but he doesn’t expect much more snow to fall this week. Forecasts call for a few tenths of an inch. 

“It will be nothing like what we saw overnight,” Kelly said. 

Temperatures will remain in the low 20s and 30s for the majority of the week, Kelly said. 

Wednesday the forecasted temperature is around 22 degrees. Thursday and Friday should see highs in the mid 30s, and Saturday’s forecasted high is around 30 degrees. Sunday’s expected high is in the 40s. 

Kelly noted that all forecasts are subject to change.

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