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By the numbers: WNYs post-storm winter weather boxscore

The first major lake-effect snow storm to strike Buffalo in the 2016-17 season is over.

Noteworthy numbers abound after the Arctic blast.

Here are a few of them...



The cold:

Lake Erie's relatively warm waters were no match for winds and frigid temperatures, creating an icy landscape along the shoreline in Athol Springs. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

  • The lowest air temperature at Buffalo, 9 degrees, was recorded at 8:37 a.m. Thursday. It was 15 degrees below the normal low temperature, but still 13 degrees warmer than the 1943 record.
  • Wind chills at Buffalo remained below zero for about 31 hours from just after midnight Wednesday morning all the way until 7 a.m. today when it finally reached +1 degree above zero.
  • The coldest air temperatures reported to the National Weather Service in the eight-county Western New York area were in Allegany County. It dropped below zero to minus-2 at 6:54 a.m. today at Willeyville and minus-1 degree at 6:24 a.m. at Wellsville. By contrast, the air temperature in the North Country dropped to an astounding minus-28 in Highmarket, Lewis County.
  • Syracuse broke a 99-year record for cold this morning when the temperature dropped to minus-2, according to

And how about this:

For snowfall:

All 9.6 inches of snow associated with the lake-effect storm at Buffalo's official measuring station of the National Weather Service came on Wednesday. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

  • The 9.6 inches of snowfall was enough to finally score a spot for Buffalo on the Top 25 list of the nation's snowiest cities with populations over 100,000. It all came on Wednesday and was the second-most snow in Buffalo on Dec. 14, missing a daily snowfall record that was set in 1907 by just a half-inch. It also accounts for more than half of Buffalo's 16.1 inches of seasonal snowfall so far in the 2016-17 winter season.
  • The Queen City still remains more than four inches below its seasonal average by this time of the year and it trails its upstate brethren by considerable margins. Syracuse, which leads U.S. cities in snowfall with 44.9 inches so far, scored 6.1 inches on Thursday and continues to add inches between it and its competition.
  • Rochester set a 115-year-old daily record Thursday with 10.6 inches of snow and now stands at 35.8 inches for the season.
  • Binghamtom remains in the lead in the state's Golden Snowball competition. The Broome County city had 49.2 inches heading into Friday.

Golden Snowball is symbol of upstate winters. So where is it?

  • Some other snowfall totals from around the Buffalo Niagara region - according to the latest figures from the National Weather Service - include: Akron, Elma and Corfu, 12 inches; Alden and Lackawanna, 10.2; Amherst and Jamestown, 10; Athol Springs, 8; East Aurora, 7.5; Kenmore, 7.1; Randolph and Little Valley, 7; North Tonawanda, 6.1.



For wind:

There was a 64 mph wind gust reported at Buffalo Harbor Wednesday night, according to National Weather Service reports. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

  • The peak wind gust reported by the National Weather Service was 64 mph at Buffalo Harbor at 7:36 p.m. Wednesday.
  • It was 41 mph at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 3:04 p.m. Wednesday.



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