name our lake snow events so it is easier to refer back to them for archiving.
This is very unofficial and only past storms are named as a matter policy.
We will post the archived events on this WEB SITE so it is easier for you
to refer back to them throughout the snow season.
The theme for the season was Trees as selected by the staff at NWS Buffalo. We also will continue our tradition of a candid way to rate the storm's impact on the area. It is termed the "Lake Flake Scale" and subjectively ranks the events from 1-flake (*) for minor (wimpy) events to 5-flakes (*****) for epic mega-storms, based not only on snowfall amounts but the impact on population centers as well.
For each event we try to provide a snowfall map, storm summary and if available, radar, satellite and other neat images. Let us know what you think, we are open for any suggestions to improve the page.
To review each storm, just click on the names below and you'll get to some great data!
For a quick look at Snowfall Maps for the season, Click here.
|Storm Name||Flake Scale||
Highlights of the Event
11/14 - 11/15
|Unique features included the rain/snow line associated with the early season snow. Max 6" off Lake Erie and 8" off Lake Ontario.|
11/18 - 11/19
|***||Migrating bands...affected Buffalo metro...unusual northward
Max 14" off Lake Erie and 13" off Lake Ontario
|*****||Mega-storm...crippled city of Buffalo...lots of lightning...greatest 24-hour November snowfall for Buffalo. Max 31" off Lake Erie and 28" off Ontario|
|***||Migrating bands...affected Buffalo and Watertown metro...unusual northward extent. Max 15" off Lake Erie and 14" off Lake Ontario|
|**||Weak bands but accompanied by strong winds, plenty of blowing
Max 9" off Lake Erie and 13.8" off Lake Ontario (mainly orographic).
|**||Another weak band, but persistent. Light winds.
Max 16" off Lake Erie and 12" off Lake Ontario.
|***||Meandering bands, dry snow, great for skiing, some affect on
Max 14.5" off Lake Erie and 24" off Lake Ontario.
|****||Long-lasting persistent event. WNW flow produced heavy, fluffy
Max 17" off Lake Erie and 46" off Lake Ontario.
|*||Weak but persistent band off Lake Ontario, little snow off
ice-covered Lake Erie.
Max 3" off Lake Erie and 12" off Lake Ontario
|***||Relatively intense band, much less snow off Lake Erie due to ice
Max off Lake Erie 3" and Lake Ontario: 23"
|**||Could be a record for lake snow so late in the season.
Max off Ontario 9"...Lake Erie about 1/2 ice-covered so no appreciable snow.