It was this time last year when the National Weather Service issued at storm warning for Buffalo. NOAA predicted up to 2 1/2 feet of lake effect snow. 

The snowstorm elicited an enormous response from emergency crews and the National Guard, requiring more manpower than any other snowstorm in the history of New York state as it buried cars and stranded thousands of people in their homes in Western New York. Eight months after the storm, the snow's remnants remained in Buffalo, New York

This is what Rachael Witter, Eyewitness News Chef Meteorologist has to say about last years storm:

Last year, this week was a historic few days for snow across parts of CNY. Utica proper wasn't particularly hard hit, but it was a lake-effect driven event that put feet of snow down in northern Oneida and Lewis counties. Two separate events over Nov 17-20 added up to around 2' in a lake effect band across the Tug Hill Plateau. That band sank a little south and ended up in the Mohawk Valley for a few hours, giving us a few inches of snow.

This was the same one that put down upwards of 6' of snow in Buffalo! The right wind direction that didn't die down is what caused persistent snow over those few days. It's not uncommon for snow to fall this time of year, but feet of snow is unusual during this part of the season!

None in the forecast over the next few days, and compared to this year, we just haven't had cold air stick around long enough to keep snow in our area. When it does get cold and we have moisture in the air, we have had a dusting-couple of inches so far...but it's usually gone by the next day. We haven't had the "switchover" to a winter pattern quite yet, but temps will start to get a little colder over the next few weeks. Nothing indicates any huge snowstorms in our future in the next 2 weeks or so!


Several counties were heavily impacted, with areas in and around Buffalo, New York, particularly the city's southern suburbs, receiving snowfall totals in the range of 5–7 feet (1.5–2.1 m), killing at least fourteen people; most of the deaths were caused by heart attacks from overexertion trying to remove the snow. Under the sheer weight of the snow, roofs began collapsing. As the New York State Thruway became impassable, many motorists became trapped. With a forecast for warmer temperatures and rain, fears of potentially severe flooding due to the melting snow quickly arose. The maximum snowfall recorded from the storm was 88 inches (220 cm) in Cowlesville.

Both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres were forced to postpone games due to the event. The Bills' home stadium, Ralph Wilson Stadium, was in the center of the band, and because most of the players' homes and the roads around the stadium were impassable, the National Football League ordered the November 23 game against the New York Jets to be relocated to a neutral site, eventually chosen to be Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

Hard to believe this happened only one year ago this week. While we still have temperatures in the 50's, it might not be a bad idea to stock up on some non-perishable food. Here are some suggestions from

Store at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

Choose foods your family will eat.
Remember any special dietary needs.
Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.
Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and canned foods with high liquid content.
Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. Be sure to include a manual can opener and eating utensils.

Suggested Emergency Food Supplies

The following items are suggested when selecting emergency food supplies. You may already have many of these on hand.

Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables and a can opener
Protein or fruit bars
Dry cereal or granola
Peanut butter
Dried fruit
Canned juices
Non-perishable pasteurized milk
High energy foods
Food for infants
Comfort/stress food.

[Winter storm information from Wikipedia]

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