Homes coated in thick ice in Western New York


Houses in Hamburg, New York near Lake Erie were completely coated in ice after a blizzard-like conditions blanketed the area.

Temperatures dropped below zero on Wednesday and strong winds continued for days, blowing water from Lake Erie ashore and entrapping several homes in the ices.

The ice also accumulated on trees near the lakefront properties. The ice is up to three feet thick in some locations.

Some snowfall totals in the area were as high as four feet and the amount of snow was enhanced by the lake effect. The lake effect happens when cold, dry air mass moves over the Great Lakes region the air picks up lots of moisture from the Great Lakes and then the the air, now full of water, dumps the water as snow in areas generally to the south and east of the lakes, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory.