WATCH: "Lake Effect" Snowstorm Batters Buffalo
An unusual storm rams into Western NY off of Lake Erie
A remarkable snowstorm plowed through Buffalo, New York on Tuesday. It dropped six feet on the city and left five dead and more than 100 trapped in homes and cars on the interstate.
A lot of the storm’s ferocity can be attributed to the so-called “lake effect,” where a storm travels across a lake (in this case, Erie) in narrow bands that produce intense precipitation.
There are a number of time-lapse videos of the lake effect at work in Buffalo floating around – these are some of the best, from a few different viewpoints.