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‘Knife’ just doesn’t cut it as suggestions fly for snowstorm name


Come on, Buffalo. We can do better.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz named the storm earlier this week, saying the epic snowfall was like a knife in the heart of the region.

Most of us at The Buffalo News thought the name was pretty stupid. This week’s historic storm deserves better.

As it turns out, many of our readers agreed.

The News is putting out the call for residents of Snow City to have their say. Hundreds have already submitted their choices on Facebook, and dozens more are rallying around their favorites with likes and encouraging comments.

In the past, the Weather Channel has given storms godlike names, like Hercules and Ion.

And we’ve had Arborgeddon, the Gridlock Storm, the Thanksgiving Storm, the Thruway storm and of course, the Blizzard of ’77,

This is our storm, born of our lake. We get to name it.

How about Super Lake Effect? Or the Double Lake Effect?

There was Snowbola, Snowpocalypse and Snownami.

Others suggested Elsa, after the main character in Disney’s hit movie “Frozen.”

Or Snownando, after “Sharknado,” the cheesy movie about sharks invading New York City that was partially shot in our Queen City.

Plays on “The Ice Bucket Challenge,” the Internet phenomena that had thousands of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head?

The front runners are Snowvember and Snowmaggedon, but readers still have time to lobby for their favorites.

You can tweet them to us @TheBuffaloNews with the hashtag stormnames.

Or post them on Facebook. Or email to

We’ll tally up the results on Saturday and report them.

In all fairness to Poloncarz, two readers said they actually like the name Knife.