Lake Effect Summary - January 23-24, 2008

Maximum Snowfall: Lake Erie 22" (Colden); Lake Ontario 41" (Redfield) 

Duration: 36 hours +/- 

Prime Feature: Two phase event. Typical westerly flow and then northwest shift.

This event came close on the heels of the last one as the region remained entrenched in an arctic airmass. A frontal system which ended the last one late on 21st with warm advection, crossed the region early on Wednesday 23rd and a moist westerly flow set up almost immediately during the morning. Light disorganized lake enhanced developed near daybreak in the Buffalo area and drifted south to southern Erie and Wyoming counties by late morning and blossomed into an intense single band which remained in place through the afternoon and evening. The snowband was narrow but focused in a ten mile wide strip from Dunkirk to Collins to Boston/Colden to Warsaw, all receiving over a foot. This band weakened overnight.

Off Lake Ontario, a similar scenario ensued, although the initial activity was a bit stronger over Jefferson county Wednesday morning before drifting south by midday and early afternoon and continuing through the night into early Thursday, within a ten mile strip from the Jefferson-Oswego county border to the central Tug Hill. Over three feet fell in a narrow band from Sandy Creek to Redfield. The band was not nearly as intense as it reached the Black river valley with 6 inches at Lowville.

Winds gradually veered Wednesday night and Thursday morning to northwest, and a "tea kettle" type snow developed along the south shore of Lake Ontario and moved onshore across Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe counties during the day. 6 to 10 inches fell right along the lakeshore from Olcott to Hamlin, with a few inches down to the Rochester area and back to Niagara Falls. A few more inches also fell along the Chautauqua county lakeshore in the northwest flow.

All activity shut down Thursday evening as a ridge crested over the eastern Lakes.

The event dropped impressive amounts of snow but affected a very narrow and non populated area. It therefore earns three *** stars.

Here are some representative reports. 

Off of Lake Erie...

Location Snowfall
Colden 22 inches
Boston 18 inches
S. Wales 15 inches
Warsaw 12 inches
Dunkirk 11 inches
Perrysburg 11 inches
Buffalo metro 1 to 3 inches

Off of Lake Ontario...

Location Snowfall
Redfield 41 inches
Silver Creek 36 inches
Lacona 28 inches
Olcott 10 inches
Lowville 7 inches
Youngstown 6 inches
Rochester metro 2 to 5 inches


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