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100-plus inches of snow so far put Buffalo 27 inches above normal

For the fourth winter in six years, Buffalo has topped 100 inches of snowfall.

Some 3.2 inches fell late Sunday and early Monday to put the city over the top. Buffalo's total has reached 101 inches.

And Jake Ludlow, for one, likes it.

The Frontier High School student from Hamburg was on his first day of winter break Monday. So he donned a Buffalo Bills winter cap, a hooded sweatshirt and light jacket and joined a group of ice fishers at Buffalo Harbor State Park.

"It's been a pretty good winter," Ludlow said. "I'll guess I'll be happy when it's over, but I can't say I'm ready for that yet."

The story of this winter is what happened in late January, when 58.4 inches — more than half of Buffalo's running total – fell in the month's final two weeks.

That stretch helped push Buffalo from a seasonal snowfall deficit to a healthy surplus.

As of Monday, the city was 27 inches above normal for snowfall for this time of year.

Monday's snowfall tied the city for its ninth-earliest date on record that Buffalo has reached triple-digit snowfall out of the 37 times the city's met the mark, according to weather service data.

Buffalo has reached at least 100 inches of snow 12 times since 2000.

"That usually is the signature of an above-normal snowfall for a Buffalo winter," said Steve Welch, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. "And it's early. We still have another month of potential snow."

The next chance for measurable snow will come with the expected arrival of winter storm on Wednesday. Forecasters said that could bring a couple more inches of snow followed by a wintry mix and some rain to the Buffalo Niagara region.

As of Monday, Buffalo remained comfortably atop the seasonal snow standings for U.S. cities with a population over 100,000, according to GoldenSnowGlobe.com.

It leads second-place Syracuse by more than a foot heading into the last half of winter.

Only Syracuse has hit the century mark for seasonal snowfall more times this decade – six times – than Buffalo's five, records show. Syracuse, on average, logs 124.7 inches every winter, compared with Buffalo's average of 94.4 inches.

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