Lake Effect Summary - February 10 - 11, 2008
Maximum Snowfall: Lake Erie 6" (Warsaw)
Lake Ontario 41" (Minetto)
Duration: 36 hours +/-
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.
Off of Lake Ontario...
||22 - 29 inches
Off of Lake Erie...