Following deep low pressure, a strong
northwest flow of cold air persisted for several days across the
relatively warm waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario. The flow produced
lake effect snow squalls which persisted and meandered over the areas
to the lee of the lakes. Reported snowfalls included: 25"
Sherman, Chautauqua Co.; 23" Colden, Erie Co.; 18" Chaffee
and Boston, Erie Co.; 16" Carthage, Jefferson Co.; 12"
Mayville, Chautauqua Co., and Eden, Erie Co.; 11" Mexico, Oswego
Co.; 10" Oswego, Oswego Co.; and 8" Evans, Erie Co.
low pressure tracked across southern
and brought strong, damaging winds to the entire area. The winds
downed trees and power lines. Over 100,000 customers were left without
power. The falling trees and poles damaged homes and automobiles.
Specific reports of damage were received from Shortsville, Pittsford,
Sodus and Silver Creek. In
a 165-foot cell phone tower was toppled, destroying a
35 cattle were killed in a barn collapse. Barn collapses were also
reported in Elma and Pittsford. Tractor trailers jack-knifed or were
blown over in Victor,
and LeRoy. Roofs were blown off houses in
School districts in several counties closed. Several major radio and
television stations were knocked off the air including Channel 13 in
a jet was turned by the wind. The wing struck a boarding bridge and
the plane and bridge were damaged. The
operated on backup generators for several hours. Numerous flights at
airports were delayed. In Gaines, a double wide mobile home was split
and overturned. A gasoline pump in
was blown over. The gas spilled and ignited. Several other fires,
though not started by weather conditions, were fueled and spread by
the strong winds. The strong winds blew out windows in parts of Wayne
and Monroe counties. One person was injured in
being hit by flying glass. Another injury due to the storm occurred in
when a woman was blown over and suffered a broken leg. A 37-year old
woman was killed in Victor when a tree fell onto her car as she was
driving by. She suffered massive head injuries and was pronounced dead
at the scene. Witnesses said she had no time to even brake or swerve.