2015 Lake Effect Snow

6 Jan 2015 heavy lake effect snow with traffic in Watertown, NY

6 Jan 2015 heavy lake effect snow with traffic in Watertown, NY

Happy New Year!  It’s now 2015, hard to believe I’m starting my 16th year of chasing storms and extreme weather events (began chasing in Fall of 1999). I’ve spent most of the new year driving between Cleveland, OH and Watertown, NY documenting lake effect snow events. Only once have I chased a synoptic scale storm this winter and even that chase ended with lake effect snow in western New York.  So far I’ll remember this winter for its lake effect.  All of my late 2014 lake effect snow chases were from Lake Erie snow bands, including and event near Erie, PA and Cherry Creek, NY just before the New Year on December 30th. As of now, all of my 2015 chases have been focused on Lake Ontario snow bands.

7 Jan 2015 2:49 am KTYX base reflectivity showing intense lake effect snow band over Adams Center, NY

7 Jan 2015 2:49 am KTYX base reflectivity showing intense lake effect snow band over Adams Center, NY

January 5-9th one of the most significant lake effect events of the winter, 2nd only to the Nov 17-19 Buffalo Event, hit the east shore of Lake Ontario in Upstate New York dropping over 4 feet of snow in some areas.  I documented this storm in towns like Fulton, Adams Center, Watertown, and Parish, NY.  At times this lake effect band was of equal intensity as the infamous November Buffalo band with 40-50 dBz reflectivity detected on radar.  White out conditions and 3-5 inch per hour snowfall rates were common in this Lake Ontario snow band! January 5th 3 feet of snow accumulated in less than 24 hours in Fulton, NY, and over 4 feet of snow fell on Adams Center on January 6th thru 9th.

Update 9am 26 Jan 2015: I’ll be documenting a Nor’easter in New England from the 26-28 Jan 2015, so I’ll be adding another non-lake effect event to my list of Winter 2014-15 Chases. 

Below are a few images from January 5-7, 2015 in region between Fulton to Watertown:

6 Jan 2015 Watertown, NY Lake Effect Snow

6 Jan 2015 Watertown, NY Lake Effect Snow

6 Jan 2015 snow-covered cars in Fulton, NY

6 Jan 2015 snow-covered cars in Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 truck buried in 3ft of snow near Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 truck buried in 3ft of snow near Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 car stranded in 2+ feet of snow near Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 car stranded in 2+ feet of snow near Fulton, NY

6 Jan 2015 snow-covered van in Fulton, NY

6 Jan 2015 snow-covered van in Fulton, NY

6 Jan 2015 man clears drive with snow blower in Fulton, NY where 3 feet of snow fell in less than 24 hours

6 Jan 2015 man clears drive with snow blower in Fulton, NY where 3 feet of snow fell in less than 24 hours

5 Jan 2015 snow collected on top of fire hydrant in Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 snow collected on top of fire hydrant in Fulton, NY

5 Jan 2015 police assisting stranded motorist near Parish, NY in heavy lake effect snow band

5 Jan 2015 police assisting stranded motorist near Parish, NY in heavy lake effect snow band

5 Jan 2015 sun shines through edge of intnse lake effect snow bane south of Fulton, NY where 3ft of snow fell in less than 24 hours

5 Jan 2015 sun shines through edge of intnse lake effect snow bane south of Fulton, NY where 3ft of snow fell in less than 24 hours

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One thought on “2015 Lake Effect Snow

  1. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I enjoy looking at them. I chase and document storms and all weather events all over western/central PA. I wanted to drive up to Erie to document snow but couldn’t because my grandma was in the hospital. She passed on Jan 15. We finally started to get snow here in western PA. I have been out the past week documenting winter weather and will be out and about the next couple weeks documenting ice jams. I am looking forward to the 2015 storm chase season. Good luck with the 2015 chase season.

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