Historic life-threatening snowstorm slammed several Great Lakes states


An historic life-threatening snowstorm slammed Western New York state, with 6 feet of snow across portions of New York, canceling flights the weekend before the Thanksgiving holiday. This “will produce near zero visibility, very difficult to impossible travel, damage to infrastructure, and may paralyze the hardest-hit communities,” the Weather Prediction Center said Saturday morning. Two county residents died from cardiac complications. Winter weather alerts are still in effect for over 6 million people across Great Lakes states: Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Areas northeast of Lake Ontario – from central Jefferson County to northern Lewis County – were inundated with heavy snow late Friday.


Several roads were closed, including parts of the New York State Thruway. The Buffalo Niagara International Airport discontinued operations. A final bout is expected through Saturday evening and into the overnight hours before snow tapers off early Sunday. “We implore the residents to just, please, obey the travel ban, you become part of the problem very quickly when you’re out there on the streets,” Erie County Undersheriff William J. Cooley said after issuing travel bans. The storm’s severity varied widely due to the peculiarities of lake-effect storms, which are caused by frigid winds picking up moisture from warmer lakes and dumping snow in narrow bands.