26. The Buffalo Blizzard

Photographer: Buffalo News

Year: January-February 1977

Location: Western New York & Southern Ontario

Casualties: 29

Hiking over enormous drifts, children could touch streetlights and rooftops during the Buffalo Blizzard. These outstanding piles were partially a result of an early and through freeze on Lake Erie turned it into an additional surface for snow to accumulate, rather than melt, so the blizzarding winds blew powder from the lake into Buffalo in addition to regular snowfall. Due to these flurries, it appeared at times to be snowing when in fact nothing was coming from the sky. Though the total snowfall for the storm was only 12 inches, it buried entire houses.