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Daily record snowfall of 17.8 inches recorded at Buffalo Airport

Thursday's lake effect smashed snowfall records for the date in Buffalo.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thursday's lake effect event is now record breaking for the city. 

By Midnight Thursday, 17.8 inches of snow had fallen at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga. This breaks the previous daily snowfall record for January 6 of 7.3 inches, recorded on the day in 1974.

Not only that, but January 6, 2022 is also now the second snowiest day on record in January in Buffalo. It's only half an inch behind the record for snowiest January day: January 11, 1982 with 18.3 inches of snow. 

Areas impacted by the intense lake effect snow had accumulations ranging from 7 to 18 inches Thursday. The lake effect snow bands developed early Thursday morning and remained parked over Buffalo for hours, and with snowfall rates of an inch or two an hour, snow quickly accumulated. 

Weather records for the city of Buffalo are observed at the National Weather Service Office in Buffalo at the Buffalo Airport.