— Luke Culver (@LukeCulverWx) February 4, 2017
A significant lake-effect snow event hit portions of the Tug Hill plateau located in Upstate New York late last week and this weekend. After snow finally came to an end Saturday, some areas picked up over 6 FEET of snow, which is more than many snowy cities including Grand Rapids and Cleveland average each year!
As a undergraduate student in upstate New York, I was able to take advantage of the weekend and check out the snow across the Tug Hill. Unless you’ve seen it before, it’s nearly impossible to visualize just how much snow has fallen over the course of just a few days. A few of us gathered up as much cold weather gear (and food) as we could fit in the car and headed out east for the day. The snow gradually increases as you head east through Oswego county, and rapidly builds up once you reach the western slopes of the plateau. In a roughly 5 mile stretch, snowfall totals increased from roughly 36″ to 6-7 feet of powder. A couple pictures from our “chase” are posted below.