BUFFALO, New York — Parts of New York finally got a reprieve Sunday after a storm spent days dumping record-setting snow on cities and towns east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Many businesses in the worst-hit areas remained closed, but highways were reopened and travel restrictions were lifted in many areas, although more snow was expected. with a signal reaching 0.6 meters on Monday morning in some parts of the city. a situation that most of them were kept in previous practices.
“This has been a historic storm. Without a doubt, this is one for the record books,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in an interview Sunday.
Snow began to fall Thursday in towns south of Buffalo. On Saturday, the National Weather Service reported 77 inches (196 cm) in Orchard Park, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and 72 inches in Natural Bridge, a village near Watertown on the eastern end of Lake Ontario.
Similar multi-day storms have brought more snow than in the past to New York, but the storm on Friday appeared to threaten the state record for the most snowfall in a 24-hour period: inches 50 (127 centimeters) that fell to the surface. Camden, New York, on February 1, 1966.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jason Alumbaugh, who lives in Buffalo, said it was too early to tell if any of this year’s snowfall will top that record.
Hochul is asking for a state emergency declaration for the affected areas, which may unlock some aid. He said teams are monitoring park residents who are traveling in areas with enough snow to cause roof collapses.
Due to heavy snow, Sunday’s football game between the Buffalo Bills’ and Cleveland Browns was moved to Detroit.
New York is familiar with spectacular lake snow, caused by cool air that picks up moisture from warm water, then releases it in windblown snowdrifts over the land.
This month’s storm is at least the worst in the state since November 2014, when some communities south of Buffalo were hit by 2 feet of snow over three days, which collapsed roofs and suffocated. drivers in the New York area. York State Thruway.
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