Amid Epic Early Snows in Buffalo, Explaining the "Lake Effect"
Some of western New York gets more than eight feet of snow in two days.
Spurred by a deep cold that's swept across much of the country and by a localized lake effect, part of Buffalo, New York, is expected to see nearly nine feet (2.7 meters) of snow by the end of the day Thursday.
That's up to three feet (one meter) of snow, on top of nearly six feet (two meters) that fell in parts of the city on Wednesday, says John Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that "this snowfall is going to break all sorts of records, and that's saying something in western New York and in Buffalo ... It's going to get worse before it gets better."
Meteorologists estimate that