National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Western New York Weather History






7th-8th…A late season snowstorm dropped up to twelve inches of snow across the western southern tier, Niagara Frontier and the Finger Lakes area. At Buffalo just under eight inches was recorded while at Rochester just over 10 inches fell. The snowfall established many new weather records for both cities. The snow covered the entire ten county area. The heavy, wet snow downed power lines and trees which took down more power lines when they fell. As lines fell, power poles were snapped. Nearly 13,000 customers were without electricity in much of Orleans and parts of northeast Genesee and western Monroe counties. Numerous scattered minor outages were also reported. Some roofs collapsed from the weight of the snow. Plows and salters were called out to clear roadways, though much of the snow was melting as it fell.


8TH-9TH...Heavy rains and thunderstorms crossed the southern tier late Saturday the 8th and early Sunday the 9th. Up to three inches of rain fell in less than two hours. Basements were flooded in Jamestown , Olean and Allegany. Roads that were partially or totally washed out or closed included Route 380 in Falconer; West Perimeter Road in South Valley, Bailey Road in Limestone; and Indiana Avenue, South Union Street, Alder Street and Prospect Avenue in Olean. A cabin was struck by lightning in Conewango. In Hinsdale , a fire started by lightning destroyed a barn.