October 10-11, 1906
October 10-11, 1906
Snow Totals


18-24 hours

Maximum Snowfall

10.0", Warren, PA


5 flakes- Historic out of season snowfall, high impact

The snowstorm of October 10-11, 1906 was one of the earliest major snowstorms recorded over the past 117 years in the region. Seasonally fridgid air accompanied a storm tracking to the north and east of our region. The cold air, northwest winds, and moisture associated with the storm produced lake effect snows over Western NY and Northwest PA. When it was all said and done, Warren, PA had 10" of snow, one of their largest October storms. Jamestown, NY had 6", their 2nd largest October snowfall.

NWS Buffalo NarrativeEdit

"10TH-11TH a [sic] snowstorm of unprecedented severity for October began across the Niagara Frontier at 4:30pm. The wind veered from north to west at 4:25pm and rain began to fall. The temperature which was 40 degrees began to fall and there was snow mixed with the rain till 4:55pm at which time it all became snow. The wind backed to northwest at 5pm and to north at 5:30pm and continued north to northwest throughout the storm. The wind was light till 4am of the 11th then it gradually increased to brisk. The snow flakes were unusually large during the early part of the storm and being moist, collected rapidly on trees and shrubbery, which had not shed their foliage and by 8pm the limbs of the trees were borne to the ground and many trees were broken to pieces. The snow also collected rapidly on wires and broke them in many places both in the city and in the surrounding country. Consequently, telegraph and telephone services were very much handicapped. Some of the electric light wires were broken, and a considerable part of the city was in darkness the greater part of the night. The street car service was very much impeded, owing to the trouble with the current and limbs of trees fallen across the tracks. Many people were compelled to walk to and from their homes, trains were from two to five hours late, incoming boats were from 1 to 3 hours late. Two deaths were caused by broken wires. A team of horses was killed by a line wire falling upon them as they were being driven along the street. The ground was warm and caused the snow to melt nearly as fast as it fell till evening when it began to accumulate where not directly in contact with the ground. The streets however, were filled with slush during the entire storm. The average depth of snow on the ground at 8 am of the 11th was 2.6 inches." [1]

Daily Weather MapsEdit



Location Snow
Warren 10.0
Brockport 8.0
Jamestown 6.0
Franklinville 4.0
Bolivar 3.0
Buffalo 2.6
Angelica 1.5
Avon 1.0
Rochester 1.0
Westfield 0.7
Lockport Trace