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Weather Check

Discussion in 'Christmas Together' started by Deo, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. mrshfromjersey

    mrshfromjersey MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    For you snow lovers....

    2 Feet of Snow Falls on Western N.Y.
    By CAROLYN THOMPSON (Associated Press Writer)
    From Associated Press
    October 13, 2006 6:30 AM EDT
    BUFFALO, N.Y. - A rare early October snowstorm left parts of the Great Lakes and Midwest blanketed with 2 feet of snow Friday morning, prompting widespread blackouts, closing schools and halting traffic.

    The snow downed scores of tree limbs and toppled power lines, leaving more than 220,000 customers without electricity in western New York.

    By early Friday, 14 inches of snow had been recorded at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, with reports of 2 feet elsewhere, said Tom Paone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The snowfall was expected to continue throughout the morning, he said.

    On Thursday, 8.3 inches of heavy snow set the record for the "snowiest" October day in Buffalo in the 137-year history of the weather service, said meteorologist Tom Niziol. The previous record of 6 inches was set Oct. 31, 1917.

    "This is an extremely rare event for this early in the season," Niziol said.

    Detroit also set a record, its for the earliest measured snow. On Thursday, the city broke by one day the mark set on Oct. 13, 1909.

    The weather, among other factors, prompted Major League Baseball to move up the start time of Game 3 of the AL championship from 8:19 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Only a few players practiced outdoors at Comerica Park on Thursday. The infield was covered with a tarp, so most of them hit in indoor cages.

    "It's definitely not going to be baseball weather tomorrow," said Dave Gurney of the National Weather Service in Michigan. "Around 45 degrees, wind gusts up to 35 mph and some snow showers."

    Meanwhile, a 105-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway from Rochester to Dunkirk, southwest of Buffalo, was closed Friday morning because of the snow.

    The Buffalo Police Department received more than 3,000 calls late Thursday and about two-thirds were related to the weather, Lt. James Watkins said.

    "There are power lines going down all over the place," he said.

    Crews worked into the night to restore power, but many customers were expected to remain in the dark through the weekend and into next week, National Grid energy company spokesman Steve Brady said.

    "This is extremely heavy snow and most of the trees still have most of their leaves, he said. "We can't do a complete damage assessment until the snow stops falling."

    Dozens of schools were closed and states of emergency were declared in the City of Tonawanda, and towns of Cheektowaga, Elma, Lancaster, Akron, and Depew.

    Unnecessary driving was banned in Buffalo and suburbs Amherst, Blasdell, Orchard Park and Hamburg.

    "We have a condition where 80 percent of the roads are impassable," said Lt. Stephen McGonagle of the Amherst Police Department.

    Officials said the snowstorm caused flight delays and cancellations at Buffalo's airport, which was shut down for almost two hours late Thursday.

    Meanwhile, tree branches were strewn across the roads around the region. A large box maple tree split in half, falling on Joan Casey's home in Buffalo.

    "The whole house shook," Casey said. "We were very afraid. Originally I thought it was just the thunder, and then I came outside and I couldn't believe it."


    Associated Press Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report from Detroit.
  2. dvdelf

    dvdelf MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

  3. AuntieMistletoeDear

    AuntieMistletoeDear MMC Hostess of Christmas Online MMC Lifer Alum Christmas Crew Christmas Talk Alum

    :p Glad we didn't suffer from the snow. I heard the squealing of delight from children in the Playground across the street. The school buses were running today, I was surprised they usually stay parked for the first snowfall because the other drivers aren't prepared yet.

    No Eggnog in our stores yet. They have it available in Western Canada.

    I'll look myself when I go out to fetch some new winter boots. This snow will go in a day or two and then in a few weeks, we'll likely be hit with snow that will pretty much remain.
  4. sheepsnot

    sheepsnot Guest

    It would be awesome to be in Buffalo right now, and then fly out when you got sick of it. I did have to scrape frost off the car windows this morning. It was 36ยบ.
  5. Ervserver

    Ervserver Guest

    Lake effect snow right? 2 feet of snow to Buffalo residents is like an inch of snow to everyone else. Don't even slow things down up there.
  6. Christy Carol

    Christy Carol Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Lifer

    Oh I would love to be there. Hope that is a prelude for what the weather will be like this year, only a little further south!

    I guess due to this cold snap I am really in the Christmas mood today. Got my Christmas Tree candle warming and got Christmas music cranking on the internet. I am wrapped up in my fuzzy blankie and all I need is some eggnog.
  7. elfworks

    elfworks MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    was 48 when i got up this morning. is in the upper 50's now. i am going to leave my flannel pjs on all day, just cuz!!!!

  8. Ervserver

    Ervserver Guest

    even if you need to make a booze run?
  9. Christy Carol

    Christy Carol Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Lifer

  10. elfworks

    elfworks MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    liquor cabinet is stocked.

  11. elfworks

    elfworks MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    yes maam, i am!! (eddie bauer flannel pj's from last year. they are my most fave items of clothing - i have 3 sets. apparently, they are bringing em back this year in new colors. i am just waiting for the catalog!!)

  12. Ervserver

    Ervserver Guest

    I do flannel sheets, they are great.
  13. elfworks

    elfworks MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    i have 7 sets of flannel sheets.

    some are on my bed right now!

  14. Christy Carol

    Christy Carol Sugar Cookie Tester MMC Lifer

    I do have flannel sheets and after a few more nights like last night I will be putting them on. Guess while I am at Wally World this weekend I should see if they have any flannel PJ's. Maybe with some snowmen on them! (speaking of, we need some snowmen smileys!!)
  15. mrshfromjersey

    mrshfromjersey MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    I think I'd have a problem with flannel sheets. My husband calls me velcro butt because cotton sheets stick to me when I turn over or move in the bed. I can just imagine what flannel sheets would do.
  16. dvdelf

    dvdelf MMC Emeritus Member MMC Emeritus Member

    sounds very warm
  17. sheepsnot

    sheepsnot Guest

    Velcro butt? If I come to bed late, and I usually do, my wife often is sleeping diagonally and hogging the covers, so I go sleep on the couch until she wakes up and fetches me.
  18. Ervserver

    Ervserver Guest

    does she show up before breakfast?
  19. sheepsnot

    sheepsnot Guest

    Most nights. I like waking up at 4 in the morning and going to bed for another couple hours.
  20. ReineV

    ReineV Christmas Connoisseur MMC Emeritus Member

    I have family in Buffalo, my grandma, my aunt and two uncles. My grandma and aunt live together. My aunt called on her cell a couple of hours ago and told us they have no power, so I'm kind of worried about them because my grandma is 87 and I don't think being in a house with no heat with 2 feet of snow outside is good for her, the house doesn't even have a working fireplace. Please keep them in your prayers.

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