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Storm breaks records for snowfall in Auburn

November 22, 2016 GMT

The storm that moved through Cayuga County and central New York not only closed schools and created messy conditions on roadways, it set new records for snowfall.

As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service in Binghamton said 32.4 inches of snow fell in Auburn over a 72-hour period. That was the highest snowfall total in Cayuga County and the second-highest in the Binghamton office’s territory, which covers a large swath of central New York and the Southern Tier.

The highest snowfall total was 36.4 inches near Cazenovia in Madison County.

Auburn set three new daily records for snowfall. With 18.6 inches in the 24-hour period from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the city set a snowfall record for Nov. 22 and broke the single-day record for snowfall in November.

The Nov. 22 mark stands as the fifth-snowiest day in Auburn since the National Weather Service began recording snowfall data in 1897.

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The city also set a record with 13.8 inches of snow between 6 a.m. Sunday and 6 a.m. Monday. That was the most snow recorded on Nov. 21 and the third-snowiest November day on record.

Lake effect snow began falling Sunday and continued through Monday and early Tuesday. Once the snow started piling up and road conditions worsened, schools cancelled classes and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office issued a travel advisory.

Several downtown Auburn businesses and restaurants closed Monday due to the storm. Area churches and organizations cancelled events. Local governments, such as the Owasco Zoning Board of Appeals, postponed meetings.

While Cayuga County-area schools cancelled classes Tuesday, downtown Auburn businesses reopened and the sheriff’s department lifted the travel advisory.

The good news for Auburn: At least for now, no snow is in the forecast for the remainder of the week. The National Weather Service is calling for partly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid 30s Wednesday. For Thanksgiving, there’s a chance of rain and sleet, but little or no accumulation is expected.