Just when beleaguered Buffalo residents started to dig out from a historic blizzard that dumped up to 65 inches – it’s snowing again in western New York. The new lake effect storm could pile another three feet – bringing the total to eight feet in some places – on a region already struggling to cope with an unprecedented mid-November storm. Authorities have been waging a losing battle to clear away the incredible mounds and the additional wintry blast will make it even harder for the region to return to normal life.
As previously reported, the anticipated Polar Vortex 2.0 has struck, pushing temperatures in all 50 states to below freezing, while heavy snow prompted a state of emergency in western New York and contributed to the deaths of four people. According to Reuters, it was the coldest November morning across the country since 1976, according to Weather Bell Analytics, a meteorologist consulting firm.
The winter pros in Minneapolis often make it until a few days before Christmas before the first 4-inch snowfall of the season. This year, they could get triple that by Monday night alone, as an icy blast dipping out of Canada brings an early load of snow across the upper Midwest. Along for the ride:
A late summer snowstorm dropped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming. The rare September snow on Wednesday and Thursday damaged trees and caused power outages in some areas of northern Wyoming. While the heaviest snow fell in the Big Horn Mountains, the town of Buffalo received as much as 10 inches.
An early September winter storm in the Black Hills has dumped up to 8 inches of snow in the area, while Rapid City received its earliest snowfall in more than 120 years. Jon Chamberlain, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Rapid City, said almost 1 inch of snow had fallen in downtown Rapid City by 8:30 a.
The Canadian city of Calgary, Alberta, home to much of the country’s oil and gas industry, suffered through a late-summer snowfall on Wednesday that snarled traffic, downed trees and cut power to dozens of neighborhoods. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city of 1.2 million is used to bizarre weather and heavy snowfalls are common in the winter months.