Way off topic, but Orchard Park. NY where the Bills stadium is located about 15-20 miles south of the Buffalo city center, is now up to 6 1/2 ft. of snow over the last two days! I'm about 25 miles north of downtown and we have 1" on the ground, expecting 6" today. Holiday Valley, a ski resort about 50 miles south of the city center, is running their snow making machines today.
While 4 - 7 ft. is spots is highly unusual, record breaking in some spots, narrow bands of lake affect snow off of Lake Erie are not unusual, in this case 20-30 miles wide swinging a bit north and south over the last two days.
Yep, all familiar to me. I used to live in Hamlin NY, about 1/2 mile from Lake Ontario west of Rochester, and storms would come off the lake and penetrate a mile or two inland with blizzard conditions. I would drive a few miles south and the sun would be shining.
And then there was "the storm that never was," I believe in February or March '77. Despite the dire predictions, it never came far enough east to affect us.
Yesterday they said the wind direction was "perfect", going the entire length of Lake Erie. Tug Hill, considered the snowiest place east of the Mississippi, is on the east side of Lake Ontario. They "only" got about 4 feet or so yesterday.
I'm in the Finger Lakes south of Rochester, about 40 miles south of Lake Ontario, so we get very little lake effect here from either lake.