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Record snowfall set at Buffalo Airport for second time this January

Impressive snow accumulations fell across Western New York Monday, breaking snow records for a second time in two weeks.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Monday's winter storm brought heavy snow all across Western New York with snowfall rates, at times, between 3 to 5 inches of snow an hour. So it's no surprise that daily snowfall records were shattered for the day, and that's the second time that's happened this month. 

On Monday, 17.6 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service Office at the Buffalo Airport. This makes January 17, 2022 the snowiest for the date on record, breaking the previous record of 8.3 inches for the day. 

This is also now the third snowiest January day on record, just behind it's predecessor from two weeks ago. The second snowiest January day on record is January 6, 2022 with 17.8 inches of snow and first place goes to January 11, 1982 with 18.3 inches. And at this rate, both of those spots are in jeopardy with this snow event. 

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But with this winter storm, snow began falling across Western New York late Sunday night and had been accumulating ever since. So technically, the storm relative snow total is higher if you count the two day snow totals, being 19.2 inches of snow for this winter storm. 

That's only at the Buffalo Airport though, and snow reports from across Western New York range greatly and are even higher in some cases. Buffalo through southern Niagara County was the bullseye of this winter storm with snow totals ranging from 18 to 24 inches of snow stretching from the city up through Kenmore to Grand Island and Lockport. 

Then as this storm system pulled away from the region, lake effect snow showers developed early Tuesday and brought additional snowfall to Western New York. The heaviest snow fell across the Southern Tier, allowing those towns to catch up in accumulation to those farther north. 

So now, storm total snow reports from across Western New York range from a foot to two feet of snow. This accounts for the snow that fell from Sunday night through Tuesday afternoon. Even though the snow showers were produced in different ways, they were associated with the same storm system. 

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