National Weather Service Buffalo, New York

Western New York Weather History




16th-20th…Heavy rains in combination with a melting snowpack caused the Black River in Lewis and Jefferson counties to rise. The water content of the snowpack had been measured at over six inches just prior to the floods. At Watertown, the Black River crested at 11.58 feet. Several roads in Lewis and Jefferson counties were flooded and closed for several days. Large areas of agricultural flatlands were inundated.


Low pressure moved across Ohio and Pennsylvania and stalled to our southeast. While most of the area received a general four to six inch snowfall some higher elevations of the Genesee Valley received six to ten inches of snow.


16TH-17TH...An ice jam on Cazenovia Creek resulted in flooding in West Seneca . Several basements in the Southgate Plaza area were flooded though no evacuations were ordered. At Ebenezer, the creek crested at 11.6 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet.


A low pressure system strengthened over the mid-Mississippi valley, moved to the Virginias , then tracked northeast along the Atlantic coast. The late season storm produced ten to twenty inches of heavy, wet snow across much of the region. The snow began across the western southern tier around daybreak on the 16th and during the morning hours across the Niagara frontier and western Finger Lakes region. The snow continued, heavy at times, throughout the day and then began to taper off at midnight . Many schools and businesses heeded warnings, closed on the 16th and remained closed on the 17th. The storm was blamed for numerous automobile accidents, including several fatalities. Specific storm totals included: 23" at Nunda; 19" at Hamburg; 16" at Ellicottville and West Seneca; 15" at Cheektowaga, Walworth and Warsaw; 14" at Dansville, Portageville, South Dayton and South Wales; 13" at Forestville, Amherst, Clarence and Livonia; 12" at North Tonawanda, Elma, Lancaster and Frewsburg; 11" at Randolph, Depew, Alden, Grand Island, Fairport and Palmyra; 10" at Scottsville, Stockton and Constantia; 9" at Lockport, West Monroe, Pittsford, Webster, Springwater and Jamestown; and 8" at Niagara Falls and East Oswego.


16th-18th...Low pressure off the Delmarva Peninsula moved northeast at deepened off Cape Cod. The large low pressure area brought a blanket of heavy snow across the entire region. The snow began during the late afternoon and evening hours of the 16th and continued through the late night hours of Saturday night. A general eight to ten inches of snow fell across the area with slightly higher amounts downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario. The heavy snow, which fell on the heels of significant flooding across the western sections, brought a return to mid-winter conditions and was blamed for a rash of automobile accidents.