National Weather Service Buffalo, New York

Western New York Weather History




A warm front crossed western New York in the morning bringing a flow of mild air to the area. A high temperature of 63 degrees at Buffalo set a record for the date. The old record of 56 degrees was set in 1919 and equaled in 1952. A cold front then crossed the area during the afternoon. Along with lowering the temperatures to normal, the rapidly moving front brought high winds and freezing rain to the area. A peak gust of 71 mph was recorded at Buffalo airport at 5:26pm. The strong winds broke the moorings of the 900-ton steamer, the Canadiana, and pivoted the steamer about 30 feet at the foot of Fuhrman Boulevard. No damage, however, was reported to the steamer. The freezing rain and wind snapped power lines cutting electrical service to about 12,000 customers in parts of northern Erie and Niagara counties. The freezing rain also caused widespread damage to trees and lawns. 


Lake effect snows which began on New Years Eve continued into the New Year. Off Lake Erie, the snows continued south of metro Buffalo, across the traditional ski areas. Off Lake Ontario, the intense band was dropping snow at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour. Specific reports included: North Osceola 24"; Adams 20"; South Dayton 14"; Arcade 12"; Redfield 11"; Cassadaga 10" and Springville 9".