Lake Effect Summary - February 15 - 16, 2008


Maximum Snowfall: Lake Ontario 10" (Wolcott) 

Duration: 12 hours +/- 

Prime Feature: Brief marginal event on west northwest flow.

A west to northwest flow of arctic air was just enough to result in lake snows from Wayne to Oswego counties late on Friday 15th to early Saturday 16th. The snows were scattered during Friday afternoon but consolidated into a single band which persistent much of the night from Wolcott to Syracuse. The activity broke apart and drifted north by late Saturday morning as ridging lowered the cap and winds backed. No response was noted off Lake Erie which was a good 80 to 85 percent ice covered.

This event was very marginal and bet our criteria. It occurred overnight on a weekend, with very low impact. It therefore earns one * star.

Here are some representative reports. 

Off of Lake Ontario...

Location Snowfall
Wolcott 10 inches
Fulton 6 inches
Syracuse 4 - 6 inches

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