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Winter Snow Storm Super Poll

Updated on February 15, 2015

Did your local Snowstorm unfold as predicted?

February 1: My husband was plowing snow as a secondary job just south of Rochester, New York, and I was watching the beginning of the storm safely from the house, preparing to catch the phone calls for the people who want to get out of their driveway, even though no one should travel unnecessarily.

By 10 pm February 3rd, the last of this storm has ended and the Storm warning expired, but are we expecting another? Will the next storm predicted for this year top the 36" that we received in 1993 here in the northeast? Will an ice storm like the ones in 1991 and 2003 occur again? We'll see if and when it gets here. I hope not. Those storms knocked out power and phone lines. just like many states in the U.S. have just experienced, and continued for 2 days to 4 days, which kept people in their homes.

Oh, except those who wanted their driveways cleared.

How did you fare through this storm?

Take the polls and tell us about this storm,
or the most recent severe winter weather, in your area.

Any other questions you would like to see in this poll?

Let me know, and I'll add them with credit back to you.

Photo Credit: All images on this page were taken by me between 2003-2011, excluding picture from Henrietta, Texas.

The Snowstorm was not severe as predicted in Rochester...

and the surrounding areas

Rochester was slated to receive nearly 30 inches within a 3 day period. As usual people in the Greater Rochester area prepared for the worst because we haven't had a snow and ice storm since 2003. It didn't happen this time.

Surprisingly Rochester and Buffalo, known for lake effect snow (see below for definition), escaped the brunt of the storm.

We did get some sleet and just a little freezing rain, but it didn't last long and was less than 1/10 of an inch. The snow storm total for Rochester reached 7.5 inches according to the NOAA's National Weather Service. I wasn't able to find the snowfall totals for Henrietta, but snow averaged over a foot deep in my yard.

Although there were areas without power for a short time, we haven't had a wide spread and sustained power outage since 2003. As we've learned our lessons from several winter storms in the last 20 years, many families in the greater Rochester have backup generators and alternate heating because..

there's always next time.

Odd photo results of Lake Effect Snow in Henrietta, New York - Getting used to a new camera :D

Crazy Lake Effect Snow photo
Crazy Lake Effect Snow photo


We had blowing Snow and Freezing Rain at the same time! - See the blue-ish water spots on my camera lens?

Snowstorm 2011 in Henrietta, New York ~ click to see sunnier days
Snowstorm 2011 in Henrietta, New York ~ click to see sunnier days

How much?

Did you have Snow?

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A few surprising areas had snow during this storm.

Do you usually have Snow in the Winter?

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If you Rarely or Never have Snow, did you get it this time?

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Snow in Henrietta, TEXAS, where the annual snowfall average is less than 2 inches! - They're all set for quite a few years. Thanks, Bryan!

Weather Stats according to in Henrietta, New York our average annual snowfall according to the same site is about 90 inches, and that sounds about right.

I may have heard it, but I have yet to see this rare occurrence.

Did you have Snow Lighting or Thunder?

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See Snow Thunder and Lighting in action - Meteorologist Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel in Chicago, Illinois

Did you have Freezing Rain or Sleet?

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The Ice Storm of 2003 in Rochester, NY - Wish I had a digital camera in 1991 for the BIG Ice Storm

Rochester Ice Storm April 4, 2003
Rochester Ice Storm April 4, 2003

Power & Energy

Snowstorm in Henrietta, New York - Early sunrise photo taken February 2, 2011

After Snowstorm 2011 Sunrise
After Snowstorm 2011 Sunrise

Did you lose Power?

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What type?

Do you have an alternate Heating source?

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Do you have a Generator in case of Power Failure?

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How long?

Did you have Rolling Power Blackouts?

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2003 Ice Storm Damage in Henrietta, New York

Our neighbor poor tree.  It was removed shortly after the storm ended.
Our neighbor poor tree. It was removed shortly after the storm ended.


Ice Storm Tree Damage - These videos are from 1991 & 2003 in Rochester, NY

Did you have any Tree Damage?

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Did you have any damage to your House?

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How long?

Did your Water shut off?

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If you were snowed in, did you get Cabin Fever?

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Lake Effect Snow in Henrietta, New York - So pretty, but can really add up FAST!

I want the sun back, and at least 45 degree weather!
I want the sun back, and at least 45 degree weather!


Did you lose landline Phone service?

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Did you lose Cell phone service?

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Did you lose Internet service during the Storm?

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Community & Travel

4 feet of Snow in 2009! - Not really. Photo just taken at a very low angle.

Taken 2009 after 6 inches of snow.
Taken 2009 after 6 inches of snow.

Were your local Schools closed?

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Were the Goverment offices and Businesses closed in your City/Town?

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Did your city or town have a Travel Advisory?

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Were your Travel Plans changed?

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Cloudy and Snowy day with an odd blue cast - The blue color was only mildly intensified by my camera

Snowy Dark day in Henrietta, New York
Snowy Dark day in Henrietta, New York

Was the Storm in your area less or worse than predicted.

Was the Storm that your area less or worse than predicted.

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The Day after Snowstorm not so Snowmageddon 2011 - in Henrietta, New York

After the Snowstorm 2011 in Henrietta, New York ~ click to see sunnier days
After the Snowstorm 2011 in Henrietta, New York ~ click to see sunnier days

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P.S. Except for a brief melt down, we've had snow on the ground since Thanksgiving at the time of this posting - Did I say how tired of snow I am?

Dear Snow, please melt already...
Dear Snow, please melt already...

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    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      4 years ago

      We rarely get snow here, and can go years without any, but last winter we had four snow days.

    • Thrinsdream profile image


      7 years ago

      Loved the last comment you made. I get the feeling you are . . . sick of snow! That's the thing with the stuff everyone gets excited at the prospect of it arriving then wants it gone when it gets there! I work from home and have a lovely log fire and a 4 x 4 so it never really effects me. WOO HOOO! Lovely piccies too by the way. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

    • kimbesa2 profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks! Very interesting lens!

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      7 years ago

      Being in Australia experiencing temperatures in the 100s, I think I skewed your results :)

    • TheresaMarkham profile image


      7 years ago

      What a FUN lens! Thanks!

    • mbgphoto profile image

      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I enjoyed your quizzes and photos. Blessed.

    • Kiwisoutback profile image


      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Some of the storms were worse, some were not as bad as expected. All in all, it was still the worst January I can remember in a really long time. Squid Angel blessed!

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      7 years ago

      Beautiful photos and fun polls. We had more ice than snow this week, but there is still lots of snow on the ground from last week's storm.

    • rlivermore profile image


      7 years ago

      This was a very enjoyable lens. I personally do not like snow so have a hard time with it, but I do enjoy looking at photos and videos of snow.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens! I am lensrolling to my lens Snowstorm 101: How to safely dig out from a blizzard. I love all your photos and video clips. We got snow lightning, but I didn't see it. I must have been asleep already. LOL! My husband told me he did though. I had never heard of snow lightning before.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens! Wish I would have thought of it!

    • LissaKlar LM profile image

      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      This is a great idea for a lens!

    • passionatehouse profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm so glad I live in Hilton Head, SC.The really bad weather bypasses us more often than not.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      We are not snowed in here in Australia as it is summer but we have had some terrible floods and storms.The weather is very unpredictable these days.It has gone mad.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful lens about Snowstorm. Love all your presentation here. 5 stars for you .. dear, lovely SoyCandleLover-Maker :)


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