BUFFALO, N.Y. — Western New York's Christmas present this year was a White Christmas, and then some.
After a lull in the snowfall during the majority of Christmas Day, lake effect snow developed late Friday night and started to drop fresh accumulations across parts of Western New York. Conditions deteriorated Friday night into Saturday morning as the lake effect band started to take shape.
One prominent, lake effect bands that was estimated to be 100 miles long and 20-30 miles wide sat over Buffalo and much of Erie County and dumped at least a foot of snow Saturday morning and afternoon.
As of 10 p.m. Saturday, many towns have reported over 20 inches falling in one day. This includes Elma Center, Eden, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Lackawanna and Hamburg, to name a few. Also, 18.4 inches fell at the Buffalo Airport on Saturday, making for a new one-day snowfall record for December 26.
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