Buffalo Is About To Get Slammed With 6 Feet Of Snow And The Photos Are Already Wild

Starting early Tuesday morning, three feet of snow blanketed parts of Upstate New York, especially the city of Buffalo — and the deluge likely won’t stop for days.

The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow warning for Genesee, Erie, and Wyoming counties until 1:00 pm EST on Wednesday. Snowfall rates could hit five inches per hour, bringing a potential total of six feet of snow, the service reports.

Lake effect snow occurs when a cold front moves over a large body of warmer water, creating unstable temperatures in the atmosphere. As a result, clouds form, suck up water, and develop into heavy snow as they move downwind.

Check out some photos and videos of the already heavy snowfall: