Record March snow buries Rochester
Rochester, NY – A significant late winter Nor’Easter has buried Rochester under record March snow. A winter storm warning continues in WNY through 8 pm tonight.
For the calendar day, March 14th, 2017 is now the 5th snowiest March day in the history of the city. The old calendar day record (8.2") for the 14th was broken. That snow was observed on the second day of the 'superstorm' in March 1993.
Officially, Rochester had 20.2” as of 8 am today. This total will increase as more lake effect snow falls through this evening.
For perspective, storm total snowfall is roughly 1/5 of an entire winter’s worth of snow for Rochester.
Many communities near Lake Ontario had more snow than the official value at the airport. In Hilton, Holley, Kendall, and Greece more than 2 feet of snow has been observed.
Additional snow through this evening will range from 3-6" in Rochester with 2-4" south of the Thruway. Areas east into Wayne County will range from 4-8". Many areas will see storm totals in excess of 2 feet north of the Thruway.
Blowing and drifting snow will also be a big concern tonight and early Thursday morning as wind gusts reach 40 mph from the northwest. Expect visibility less than ¼ mile at times with treacherous travel in open areas through tonight.
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