Massive snowfall buries cars and continues to fall in western New York

BUFFALO, NY — Snow piles, in some places taller than most people, buried parts of western and northern New York as a lake-effect storm on Saturday battered areas east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for a third straight day, possibly more come.

Snowfall of up to 196 centimeters was reported in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Halfway across the state, the town of Natural Bridge near the Fort Drum military base reported six feet.

Snowfall in some places was among the highest on record in the region, rivaling the staggering amounts that fell during similar storms in 2014 and 1945.

Snowfall totals, which began accumulating in some places Thursday night, “would be in the order of historical values ​​not only for each season but for each part of the country,” National Weather Service meteorologist Frank Pereira told the NWS – Headquarters in College Park, Maryland.

The lake effect storm, caused by cold air picking up moisture from warmer lakes, created narrow bands of windblown snow that shed snow in some communities, while cities just a short drive away remained relatively unscathed.

It wreaked havoc on some streets when trucks, pulling onto minor side roads to avoid closing portions of a freeway in the area, ended up in what Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz described on social media as ” Tractor Trailer Demo Derby Day. ”

It also messed up the wedding plans of Robert Junge and Maria Szeglowski, who chose this date for their wedding after getting engaged exactly a year ago.

Your reception location has been canceled and rescheduled to next week.

The musician they hired for their church wedding couldn’t come either, along with more than half of the 180 guests expected.

But they were determined and used one of two limousines they rented to take the bride to church while Junge drove himself.

“Nothing would stop me from marrying her no matter what,” Junge, 35, of North Tonawanda, New York, told The Associated Press.

On the plus side, he said the snow “will make for some nice pictures.”

The snowfall forced the National Football League to move Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Cleveland Browns to Detroit.

Partial sunshine and a break from snow came in some of the hardest-hit areas south of central Buffalo on Saturday as snow bands shifted north.