Lake Effect Summary - January 25, 2008

Maximum Snowfall: Lake Erie 1 to 4" ; Lake Ontario 11" (Barnes Corner) 

Duration: 18 hours +/- 

Prime Feature: Brief marginal event. Westerly flow.

Our spurt of lake effect activity continued with the 4th event in ten days. This one quickly followed the more substantial "English Setter" which was ended by a ridge passage on Thursday night Jan 24th. However, a westerly flow resumed on Friday morning after the ridge passage and it was enough to set off more lake effect east of Lake Ontario. The activity began over Oswego and northern Cayuga counties early in the morning and shifted north to the Tug Hill by afternoon and continued into early evening before shear and milder temps lowered the inversion and shut down the activity. This event was nowhere near as intense as the previous ones, but did drop an inch or two per hour for awhile during the mid and late afternoon. Totals reached nearly a foot over a narrow strip along the Jeff-Oswego county line and into western Lewis county.

Activity also redeveloped off Lake Erie for several hours during Friday afternoon but shut down faster, with amounts of generally 1 to 4 inches across southern Erie county.

The event was marginal with virtually no population effect. It therefore earns one * star.

Here are some representative reports. 

Off of Lake Ontario...

Location Snowfall
Barnes Corner 11 inches
Hooker 7 inches
Sandy Creek 6 inches


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