25 feet of snow?! Tiny town remains snowiest spot in Great Lakes


Tug Hill Plateau in New York and the Keewenaw Peninsula in Michigan vie most years as the snowiest spots on the Great Lakes.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Midway through the winter, the Oswego County hamlet of Redfield, N.Y., remains the snowiest spot in all the Great Lakes.

They broke 300 inches — yeah, that’s 25 feet — Thursday night.

Redfield last winter won the first-ever Golden Snowdrift award, which the  bestows on the Great Lakes community with the most snow.

Because each of the five Great Lakes can spin off prodigious quantities of lake-effect snow, the region is one of the snowiest in the world.

Last season, Redfield’s indefatigable weather observer, Carolyn Yerdon, measured 350.5 inches of the stuff. The runners-up, Osceola in Lewis County and Houghton in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has 303.9 and 285 inches respectively.

Who will get the most snow on the Great Lakes this year?

This season, communities in Michigan that sit in the snow belt near Lake Superior jumped off to a quick Golden Snowdrift lead in November. Places in Wisconsin and the Canadian province of Ontario got early snow as well.

New York snow-belt locales lagged far behind.

Then Erie, Pennsylvania vaulted to the top and garnered national headlines in late December with five feet of snow in two days. The city on the Lake Erie shore set its all-time seasonal snowfall record earlier this week.

But Redfield has come charging back. Yerdon measured nearly 15 inches of fresh lake-effect snow on Thursday, pushing the seasonal total to 307 inches.

Just like last season, Redfield has built a wide lead over the competition.

As of Thursday, Houghton, Michigan was second with 227.2 inches. A neighboring Lake Superior town, Calumet, had 207.5 inches and Lacona in Oswego County had 186.3.

Erie sat in 14th place with a relatively paltry 152.1 inches. The closest Canadian competition, Wiarton, Ontario near Lake Huron, had recorded only 117.7 inches.

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