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One Year Ago: An 18-hour halftime shoveling show; evening kickoff of second snowstorm

The sky wore its boldest blue on a sun-drenched Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

Or perhaps the 5-foot-deep radiantly white snow piles just made it look that way.

After a day and a half of being battered around the clock with heavy, wet, lake-effect snow and wind, there was a roughly 18- to 20-hour window of calm before National Weather Service forecasts showed the snow machine off Lake Erie would start churning up again.

Residents in South Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Elma and Hamburg feverishly dug out.

Plow drivers cleared the roads.

Tow trucks pulled stranded vehicles out of ditches and drifts.

Emergency and municipal leaders kept plugging.

And weathermen tabulated incomprehensible snow totals:

First half statistics. (National Weather Service)

First half statistics. (National Weather Service)

Off Lake Erie...
65 inches... S. Cheektowaga
63 inches... Lancaster
60 inches... Gardenville
57 inches... West Seneca
51 inches... Elma
48 inches... Hamburg
6.2 inches... Buffalo airport

As darkness fell, many of those same communities girded up for another two-day storm forecast to pack the same punch as the first one.

A tweet from @NWSBuffalo about 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19, 2014.

The @NWSBuffalo tweet announcing Round II's imminent arrival in WNY.

It started in Niagara County, where several inches per hour of lake-effect snow fell before the well-organized second band started sinking south through the Northtowns and metro Buffalo and eventually again in the Southtowns and eastern suburbs.

9:21 p.m., Nov. 14, 2014. (NWS radar)

9:21 p.m., Nov. 14, 2014. (NWS radar)

11:15 p.m., Nov. 19, 2014. (NWS radar)

11:15 p.m., Nov. 19, 2014. (NWS radar)

The Wall of Snow was back.

Again.

The Buffalo News, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

The Buffalo News, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

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The Buffalo News Weather Page, Nov. 19, 2014.

The Buffalo News Weather Page, Nov. 19, 2014.

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