Lake Effect Summary - January 30 - 31, 2008
Maximum Snowfall: Lake Erie 4" (Colden)
Lake Ontario 14" (Hooker)
Duration: 18 hours +/-
The region was raked with strong damaging winds on Wed. January 30th following the passage of a strong cold front
in the morning. A strong 240-250 flow set up for the midday and afternoon hours but winds were so strong that lake bands were
unable to really get organized, just intense cellular squalls occurred within the lake effect areas downwind from each lake.
There was very dry air upstream as well. Only an inch or two fell during the day Wednesday but individual squalls were intense
and strong winds resulting in whiteout conditions at times. This resulted in many road closures including the NYS Thruway from
Buffalo to Rochester.
The winds began to subside Wed. evening and allowed for a better fetch, but drier air off Erie kept accumulations meager.
However, the band east of Lake Ontario became better organized and did drop significant amounts on a strip across the northern
Tug Hill and central Lewis county. The activity weakened Thursday morning and drifted south across Oswego county with an inch or
two before getting squished by the inversion midday.
This event was marginal in regards to snow amounts and population, but strong winds and blowing snow made for some widespread difficult
conditions and road closures Wednesday. It therefore earns two ** stars.
Off of Lake Ontario...
Off of Lake Erie...