Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Buffalo, New York (Watertown Daily Times)
Buffalo, New York. Accumulations included 12.3" at Buffalo and 71" at Watertown, NY (and 67.5" in downtown Watertown).
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Buffalo, New York (Buffalo Evening News)
News account from Watertown, New York:
Six feet of snow covered the round, with drifts rising to 25 feet. All roads were closed, and as many as 2,000 cars were believed snowbound… Here in Watertown,…the residents saw sunshine today for the first time since last Thursday [January 27], when the blizzard began that dropped 71 inches of snow before letting up early this morning [February 1].
The blizzard struck with such fury over the weekend that thousands of people were caught unaware. At one point, it came down here at the rate of 4 inches an hour. The temperature remained under 10 degrees, and the 35-mile-an-hour winds, with gusts to 50 miles an hour, made the wind-chill factor 40 below zero.
Source: “Snow Lays Siege to Watertown,” The New York Times, February 2, 1977.
Buffalo, New York
Source: National Geographic's Restless Earth Collection (Photographer: Ira Block)