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One Year Ago:

The insult was officially added to the injury on Nov. 20, 2014.

For nearly 24 consecutive hours, a second "inches per hour" lake-effect snowstorm in three days pounded areas of Western New York.

Lucky for places like Lancaster and South Cheektowaga, which picked up 63 and 65 inches of snow in the first storm, the heaviest snow in the second round fell just south of those communities.

That meant Southtowns residents in Elma, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Hamburg, who were still shoveling out from a few feet of snow from the first storm, were getting piled on again.

That snow machine cranked for up for its second run of the week late on Nov. 19, and the band stalled almost in place for nearly a full day.

It wasn't until about dinnertime that the heaviest snows finally dipped into the Southern Tier where, a few hours later, the ferocity of the storm mercifully began to fizzle:

1:27 a.m.

9:09 a.m.

12:17 p.m.

2:15 p.m.

8:38 p.m.

11:05 p.m.

Tabulating the totals was just elementary multiplication: 20 hours of persistent snowfall at an average rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour... and, voila:

Off Lake Erie... (National Weather Service report)
49.0 inches... Wales Center
48.0 inches... Marilla
47.5 inches... East Aurora
40.6 inches... Wyoming
10.7 inches... Buffalo airport


The Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which received 6.2 inches of snow in the first storm despite being in the same town where areas were digging through more than five feet, narrowly escaped the worst again.

From the National Weather Service's airport headquarters, the warnings, updates and reports came as fast and furious as the snow itself:

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So did the storm coverage in The Buffalo News, dominating the front-page, Sports, City & Region sections, and the Picture Page.

That coverage would later be recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Board. The News staff was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the 'Breaking News' category.

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