our lake snow events so it is easier to refer back to them for
archiving. This is very unofficial and only past storms are named
as a matter of policy. We will post the archived events on this
WEB SITE so it is easier for you to refer back to them throughout the
The theme for this year's storm names is Snakes as selected by the staff at NWS Buffalo. We also will continue our tradition of a candid way to rate the storm's impact on the area. It is termed the "Lake Flake Scale" and subjectively ranks the events from 1-flake (*) for minor (wimpy) events to 5-flakes (*****) for epic mega-storms, based not only on snowfall amounts but the impact on population centers as well.
event we try to provide a snowfall map, storm summary and if available,
radar, satellite and other neat images. Let us know what you
think, we are open for any suggestions to improve the page.
To review each storm, just click on the names below and you'll get to some great data!
For a quick look at Snowfall Maps for the season, Click here.
|Storm Name||Flake Scale||
Highlights of the Event
|Anaconda 11/9 - 11/10||**||Marginal event. P-type issues. First of
season. Elevation oriented.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Mayville 11", Lake Ontario - Hooker 14"
|Boa 11/16 - 11/19||***||Impressive multi-phased event. Little
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Ellicottville 30", Lake Ontario - West Leyden 28"
|Copperhead 11/20 - 11/23||**||Marginal multi-facted event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Mayville 18", Lake Ontario - West Monroe 14"
|Diamondback 11/26 - 11/27||***||Evolved from synoptic event, lake
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 15", Lake Ontario - Carthage 18"
|European Asp 11/28 - 11/29||*||Marginal frontal enhanced event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - S. Dayton 6", Lake Ontario - Redfield 12"
|Fer-de-lance 12/1 - 12/2||*||Very marginal event.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 10", Lake Ontario - Hooker 4"
|Garter 12/4 - 12/6||**||Decent post-frontal event. Hugged
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Dunkirk 11", Lake Ontario - Pulaski 17"
|Hognose 12/21 - 12/23||****||Near blizzard conditions. Very strong
winds. High population.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - West Seneca 18", Lake Ontario - Diana 18"
|Indian Cobra 1/7 - 1/9||***||Excellent Lake Huron connection. Well
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Sinclairville 28", Lake Ontario - Volney 11"
|Jararaca 1/16 - 1/17||***||Intense plume off partially frozen Lake
Erie. Large impact off Lake Ontario.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Perrysburg 12", Lake Ontario - Pulaski 29"
|King 1/24 - 1/27||***||Good example of difference between nearly
frozen Lake Erie and open Lake Ontario. Intense plume off Lake Ontario.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - West Seneca 3", Lake Ontario - Barnes Corners 38"
|Levantine 1/30 - 1/31||**||Relatively brief transitional event. Lake
Erie ice a factor.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - West Seneca 5", Lake Ontario - SW Oswego 14"
|Mamba 2/19 - 2/21||***||Prolonged late season WNW event. Evolved
from upslope situation.
Max snowfall: Lake Erie - Warsaw 13", Lake Ontario - Redfield 35"
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