After ending last week with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the Northeast has finally gotten its first taste of winter. Lake effect snow from Winter Storm Argos made its way to the eastern states late on Saturday, with some areas getting more than a foot of snow as of Monday morning.
Upstate and Central New York faced much of the worst of this lake effect snow, with some areas reporting whiteout conditions and over 17,000 Rochester residents left without power. The highest totals were reported north of Syracuse, near Redfield, which got battered with 23 inches of snow.
Lake effect snow, which is responsible for some of the highest recorded snowfalls, is caused by the combination of cool air passing over warmer lake water. Winter Storm Argos arrived in the Northeast after traveling through the western states and arriving in the Great Plains late last week, with the lake effect forming as the storm passed over the Great Lakes. Weather.com reported that New York's intense snowfall wasn't purely due to the lake effect, however, with moisture also coming in from the western Atlantic Ocean.
Binghamton broke its record for single-day snowfall in the area on Sunday, with 17.5 inches of snow reported as of early Monday morning. The snowfall is more than half of the total amount of snow the city received during the entire 2015-16 snow season. Syracuse received 13 inches of snow, while the Rochester Airport reported 14.2 inches of snow as of 7:00 a.m. Monday. Lower totals were reported further from Lake Ontario, with Knox in Albany County receiving 7.8 inches of snow and Delanson in Schenectady getting 8 inches.
More snow is still expected to accumulate in the area through Tuesday, with The Weather Channel predicting that the worst areas to be hit will be the Adirondacks and North Country in New York, along with areas east and southeast of Lake Ontario. The National Weather Service's current Lake Effect Snow Warnings for the areas are currently set to expire at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
Areas of northern Pennsylvania near the New York border felt the storm's effects as well, with Susquehanna receiving 15.2 inches of snow as of early Monday. Sullivan County, which is just west of Scranton, received 8 inches of snow in Eagles Mere and 6 inches in Laporte, while further west, Chandlers Valley near the New York border saw 9 inch totals. Much of the state, however, had much less significant snowfall, with most counties reporting totals of three inches or less. The Weather Channel expects that northern Pennsylvania will continue to see light snow accumulations through Tuesday morning.
As always, residents in the path of these storms should exercise caution in these conditions, particularly while out on the road.