TURIN, NY – Cattle are still grazing south of Utica but travel 45 minutes north of the NYS Thruway and you come upon a winter wonderland. New Yorkers are very familiar with this phenomenon called the “Lake Effect.” Sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy said, “Snow provokes responses that reach right back to your childhood.”
The folks due east of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie finally saw their first major snow event of the season on Dec. 18 and 19. The storm caused havoc across the upper Midwest before greeting the residents of Lewis, Oswego, Cattaraugus, and Oneida Counties with wind driven lake effect snow. Buffalo recorded its first snow of the season (0.1 inches) on Friday, which set a new record for the latest measurable snowfall, a far cry from last season’s epic December storm.
The snowiest spot, Lyonsdale, in Lewis County, had exactly 36 inches. Highmarket tallied 34 inches while Boonville recorded 22 inches with lesser amounts as you traveled south from Remsen.
The snowiest place in Western New York was Perrysburg with 12.2 inches. By the time you approached Utica or Syracuse it seemed like you were in a different country.
According to the National Weather Service, most of the white stuff will be lost as warmer temperatures return for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weeks. Well maybe, because if you blink, it could change in an instant.