Long reaching lake effect snow

To anyone in the NYC metro who woke up to a light dusting of powder snow, you’re not alone:

Twitter video clip showing tendrils of moisture from Lake Erie and Ontario reaching Boston by way of ‘gravity wave’ atmospheric oscillation on Jan. 10 (via NWS Boston office)

The area just east of Lake Ontario received anywhere from several inches of snow to more than 18″ in a very small region (see red and orange blobs on image below):

NOAA snowfall for northeast US over last 24hrs as of Tuesday Jan. 11 2022
NOAA snowfall for northeast US over last 24hrs as of Tuesday Jan. 11 2022

And that was on top of whatever cover they already had. Lake effect snow will continue for the next couple of days but accumulation will be variable.

On the other hand, it’s soooo cold and windy today that anyone going outside must be mindful to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Take the case of those who are more used to this kind of weather: Tug Hill XC Ski Center in NY is normally closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays anyway, but is definitely closed for today. Woodstock Inn has closed the shop at the Nordic Center and is not grooming today.

A reminder of what real winter can bring- nice to look at it from indoors with your favorite breakfast beverage.