Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Here Comes the Snow, Buffalo!

By Heather Buchman, Meteorologist
Dec 6, 2011; 2:01 PM ET


By this time last season, Buffalo, N.Y., already had more than a foot and a half of snow. This was the snowy scene in the suburbs of Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2010, a little more than a year ago. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

Snow-starved Buffalo, N.Y., will get another shot at accumulating snow late this week with lake-effect bands potentially bringing the heaviest snow of the season thus far.

The city is way behind the curve with snowfall this year with the first measurable snow (0.1 of an inch or more) of the season finally arriving late last week, almost a month late.

This first snowfall on Dec. 2, 2011, was so late, in fact, that it almost tied Buffalo's long-standing record for the latest measurable snow ever, which was on Dec. 3, 1899, more than 100 years ago.

Snowflakes have flown in the city in late October into November this year, but they resulted in only trace amounts.

Typically, the first measurable snow of the season falls on Nov. 8, according climate data from the National Weather Service Forecast Office of Buffalo. The first inch or more of snow usually falls by Nov. 18.

Buffalo has only picked up 0.4 of an inch of snow so far this season. The following are cities that surprisingly have had more snow this fall and early winter than Buffalo as of Tuesday, Dec. 6:

-Albuquerque, N.M.: 1.1 inches

-Amarillo, Texas: 4.9 inches

-Abilene, Texas: 1.0 inch

-Guymon, Okla.: 2.1 inches

-Dodge City, Kan.: 0.7 of an inch

-Jackson, Tenn.: 2.0 inches

While it is still too early to say exactly how much snow will fall in Buffalo Friday, an inch or two seems reasonable. Lake enhancement could push totals a bit higher if the right ingredients come together.

Regardless, Friday's event is not expected to be a major snowfall, especially for Buffalo standards. However, it is likely to whiten the ground and have residents feel a bit more in season.


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