National Weather Service Buffalo, New York

Western New York Weather History

JANUARY 7

1980

High winds reportedly blew a man off the Skyway bridge to his death and cut power to thousands of families in Niagara and Erie counties. The winds also produced high water levels and high waves at the east end of Lake Erie and caused flooding along the shoreline. Route 5 was closed for quite some time near Athol Springs. Average wind velocity for the day was 27.6 mph.

2004

6TH-7TH...This major lake effect storm began early on Tuesday the 6th following a sharp cold front. Off Lake Erie , a strong westerly flow ignited heavy lake snow bands over southern Erie and Wyoming counties. They migrated south and then north, reaching the Buffalo southtowns for awhile Tuesday evening before settling south into ski country later Tuesday night and most of Wednesday before weakening. Accumulations topped two feet over a large portion of northern Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties with over 30" along the ridges. Specific snowfall reports included: Cassadaga 37"; Stockton 34"; Ellicottville 28"; Colden 22"; South Wales 20"; Jamestown 16"; Dunkirk 12"; and Orchard Park 8". Off Lake Ontario the activity began on a westerly flow across the northern Tug Hill into southern Jefferson county and settled south across Oswego county early on the 7th. One to two feet fell in this area. The band settled a bit further south and extended along the Lake Ontario shore from Orleans through Wayne counties. The band weakened some later Wednesday night into Thursday as it drifted south to about the Thruway. Snowfall totals reported with this activity included: 34" in North Osceola; 32" in Redfield; 20" in Pulaski, Hilton and Highmarket; 18" in Greece ; 17" in Webster and Penfield; and 15" in Oswego .