Homes ice over outside of Buffalo, lake effect snow hits in Rochester

Created: February 28, 2020 06:16 PM

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WGRZ/WHEC) — Before the Rochester area experienced lake effect snow and high winds Friday, the same weather system hit the Buffalo area.

In Hamburg, outside Buffalo, cold temperatures, gale-force winds and 18-foot waves from Lake Erie created an ice spectacle at Hoover Beach.


The ice on some houses was up to 3 feet thick, and several powerlines and trees collapsed under the weight of the ice.

But what causes lake effect snow? Stacey Pensgen explains in the video above.

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