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Digging out from March Blizzard 2014

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The March Blizzard that moved through the area Wednesday brought the season's snow total to more than 120.5 inches - which is about two-feet more than average. The storm also broke a few records. 

Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley
Tonawanda near the city of Buffalo border Thursday morning after the Blizzard dumped several new inches of new snow across WNY.

According to the National Weather Service before the snow arrived Wednesday morning a record point 95 inches of rain fell in Buffalo - breaking the old record of just under three-quarter inches of rain set in 1959. And by the time the Blizzard passed it dumped a record 13.8 inches of snow outside the Buffalo Airport office of the National Weather Service. 

"Overall across the county -- generally ranging from eight or nine inches across some of the father south towns, while maybe 12-inches in town of Boston. We are looking at 12-inches in Grand Island as well.  We had a far amount of snow across the area," said meteorologist Bill Hibbert.

The daily snowfall is the 6th greatest on record for the month of March. It is also the 4th greatest daily snowfall for this late in the winter season. There's just a chance of snow today - but it's going to be another cold one - with highs of around 15-to-20-degrees.

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Snow pile at Hertel and Starin Avenues in North Buffalo Thursday morning.

Now Western New Yorkers are working to dig out from all the snowfall and drifts left behind by the blizzard.  It was a slow crawl for motorists Thursday morning on many of the city streets. While the main streets were plowed, there was still a great deal of snow cover, and many of the side streets in the city were still unplowed.  Some vehicles were getting stuck at street corners as they tried to turn onto many city thoroughfares due to the heavy snow fall.

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North Buffalo resident digging out along Starin Avenue following the blizzard snows.

Residents were out snow blowing and shoveling and many private snow plowing contractors were out clearing out driveways, parking lots and side walks.

Buffalo picked up a record amount of snow - nearly double the seven-inch daily record set in 1959. "This was definitely one for the books -- beware of the Ides of March when it comes to late season snow storms," noted Hibbert.