Heavy snow burying vehicles in New York state

Sheets of snow that exceeded the height of a person in some parts buried parts of western and northern New York, as a lake-effect storm battered areas east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for the third straight day on Saturday, with possible to last more days.

Snowfall was up to 77 inches (1.96 meters) in Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb and home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, according to reports. On the other side of the state, in the town of Natural Bridge, near the Fort Drum Army base, just under 6 feet (1.80 meters) of snow was recorded.

The snowpack in some places was considered the thickest ever recorded in the area, rivaling the spectacular amounts left behind by similar storms in 2014 and 1945.

The layers of snow, which began to accumulate on Thursday night in some places, “would be in the order of historical, not only for any time of the year, but for any part of the country,” said specialist Frank Pereira, from the Service National Weather Service, at the agency’s headquarters in College Park, Maryland.

Caused by cold air trapping moisture from temperate lakes, the lake-effect storm created narrow bands of windblown snow that left a thick layer in some communities without affecting relatively nearby locations.

The storm wreaked havoc on some roadways, and large haulers taking alternate routes to avoid closed sections of an interstate in the area ended up stuck in a massive traffic jam that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz described on social media. as a “trailer truck show day”.

The weather phenomenon also put a damper on the wedding plans between Robert Junge and Maria Szeglowski, who chose this day for their nuptials after they got engaged exactly one year ago. The reception was canceled and rescheduled for next week.

The musician they hired for the church ceremony was also unable to make it, as were more than half of the 180 expected guests, but the couple were determined to get married and used one of two rented limousines to drive the bride to church. , with Junge at the wheel.

“Nothing is going to stop me from marrying her, no matter what,” said Junge, 35, of North Tonawanda, New York.

On the nice side, Junge told The Associated Press, the snow “is going to add to the beauty of some pictures.”

Due to the snowfall, the National Football League decided that Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Cleveland Browns would be played in Detroit.