Lake Effect Summary - February 10 - 11, 2008

Maximum Snowfall: Lake Erie 6" (Warsaw)   Lake Ontario 41" (Minetto) 

Duration: 36 hours +/- 

Prime Feature: Windy with whiteouts. Severe cold and local blizzard conditions, mainly off Lake Ontario.

After a ten day period of milder changeable weather, an arctic front roared across the eastern Lakes region on Sunday morning Feb 10th. Snowsqualls accompanied the front. Then bands of lake snows developed by mid to late afternoon east of Lake Ontario and became intense Sunday night and most of Monday. The bands started across northern Oswego county and the Tug Hill, edged southward into central Oswego county for much of Monday before lifting north a bit again Monday night and shutting down overnight into Tuesday morning.

This event was exacerbated by very strong winds Sunday night into Monday morning which resulted in many whiteouts and road closures,including I-81. SUNY Oswego even closed on Monday, a rare event indeed.

The activity was much weaker off Lake Erie due to much ice cover and limited fetch. Several inches did fall in southern Erie and Wyoming counties and down into Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and some whiteouts occurred here too.

This was the most severe lake effect event of the 07-08 winter season in regards to winds, visibilities and frigid temperatures which were just above zero, with wind chills of -20, dangerous conditions.

Total reached over 2 feet across much of Oswego county.

This event was extreme in regards to winds and temperatures with major impacts over a relatively small, but populated area. It therefore earns four **** stars.

Here are some representative reports. 

Off of Lake Ontario...

Location Snowfall
Minetto 41 inches
Mexico 26 inches
Oswego 22 - 29 inches
Pulaski 20 inches
Boonville 17 inches

Off of Lake Erie...

Location Snowfall
Warsaw 6 inches
Perrysburg 4 inches

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