On Thursday, an unsettling wall of snowfall that was rolling into Buffalo, New York, completely engulfed the city.
On Thursday, Buffalo saw lightning, heard thunder, and experienced a rapid snowfall of up to 4 inches per hour. The city also experienced other weather-related events. The lake-effect snowstorm was a byproduct of the phenomenon.
The timelapse video was produced by a drone and posted on The Weather Channel. In the video, the city is shown being engulfed by a wall of snow with distinct cutoff points. The city lights and snowfall combined during the timelapse to produce an ominous dusky orange glow. Rare lightning strikes during snowy conditions enhanced the video. Check out the video here.
The science of “thundersnow” was explained by The Weather Channel meteorologist Domenica Davis in a subsequent video.
It’s not common, but it does happen occasionally, especially near the Great Lakes, she said. Like with conventional thunderstorms, instability is necessary, and yesterday we were experiencing it over the Great Lakes.