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15 Year Anniversary:
Remembering the October 12-13, 2006 Snow Storm

On October 12th and 13th, 2006, a localized, intense, and early season lake effect snowstorm hit the city of Buffalo and its surrounding areas. Upwards of two feet of heavy, wet snow fell from a narrow lake effect band that developed over the warm waters of Lake Erie. While the band covered a small area, the location of the band centered over the most populated neighborhoods of Western New York, with nearly one million people directly impacted by the storm.

The two links below, presented by the National Weather Service in Buffalo NY,  detail this unprecedented event in our weather history.

YouTube Channel Narrative

Interactive StoryMap


Presented by the National Weather Service, Buffalo NY