BUFFALO, N.Y. — This will inevitably be a historic lake effect snow storm for Western New York and could even make the statewide record books.
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, 77 inches of snow has fallen in Orchard Park since the start of the lake effect event.
If most of that fell past midnight Thursday night into Friday, that could be the new record snow to fall within a single 24-hour period in the state of New York. The record in question was set in Camden, New York, in 1966 with 50 inches of snow in 24 hours.
So this is an unofficial record that the New York State climatology office will review over the next few days, so as of now, this remains unofficial.
It's worth mentioning though that the national 24-hour snowfall record is 75.8 inches. This snow, over 6 feet, fell in Silver Lake, Colorado in the 1920s.