In the United States, people fight snow masses.
Winter hits New York hard. According to the National Weather Service, about two meters of snow fell on the town of Orchard Park, south of Buffalo, on Sunday morning (local time). At times, more than 15 centimeters of snow fell per hour in some places, the New York Times reported.
According to initial estimates, a new record for the most snowfall in 24 hours could have been broken. “Something like this has never happened before,” Kathy Hochul said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon (local time).
The governor of New York had already declared a state of emergency in some regions on Thursday. On Saturday, Hochul appealed to US President Joe Biden for federal help to provide additional support to affected communities.
Driving ban and flight cancellation
The storm led to road closures, driving bans and dozens of flight cancellations at Buffalo International Airport, according to CNN. The American Football League (NFL) moved a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Cleveland Browns to Detroit on short notice.
Two people died of heart problems while clearing snow in Erie County, County Commissioner Mark Poloncarz wrote on Twitter. In addition to New York, authorities and meteorologists had also warned of the particularly dangerous storm in the US states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In Indiana, west of New York, the driver of a snowplow vehicle was in a fatal accident on Friday.
The lake effect is to blame
One of the reasons for the arrival of winter is the “Lake Effect”. Extremely cold air sweeps across the Great Lakes, a group of five contiguous freshwater lakes in the northern US, whose water is considerably warmer. Moisture rises, is carried by the air current, and then snows in narrow bands of precipitation over the land on the southeast side of the lakes.
According to the forecast, the snowfall should weaken at the beginning of the week. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, the American harvest festival. Along with Christmas, the holiday is one of the biggest family celebrations in the US – travel volume is particularly high at this time. (SDA)