For First Time In 70 Years, Buffalo Totals More Snow Than Mayville

According to the National Weather Service, Buffalo has received a total of 133.6 inches of snow this winter season.

The village of Mayville, on its website, publishes the quantities and documents its own accumulation of snow. In terms of snowfall, Mayville has documented a total of 123.5 inches in the 2022-2023 season.

Mayville often does not receive more than 10 inches of snow, especially from late June to April, but the snow season has not yet fully wrapped up. There is only a 10.1-inch difference in snowfall.

This photo, taken on February 15th, shows just how much snow had accumulated in the past winter. The sign below it indicates that Gregory Bacon captured this image.

The Mayville event in May had a significant impact, as it resulted in the accumulation of 64.7 inches of snow in Buffalo. This snowfall was caused by a lake-effect snow event and two major events that occurred in late December. Together, these events contributed to almost half of Buffalo’s total snowfall.

Throughout the last 71 years, Buffalo has never come close to surpassing Mayville as the snowiest town.

The Post-Journal/OBSERVER analyzed the snowfall amounts in both municipalities. Mayville has records of its snowfall dating back to 1951-1952. The National Weather Service records Buffalo’s snowfall totals on its website, which go back to the 1800s. Buffalo began recording its snowfall at the Buffalo airport in 1944-45.

In the 2020-2021 year, Buffalo was covered with 77.2 inches of snow, while Mayville experienced a whopping 122.5 inches of snowfall. Mayville surpassed Buffalo by a remarkable 45.3 inches in terms of snow accumulation that year. Since the season of 1951-52, there has consistently been a substantial contrast between Buffalo and Mayville, with the smallest disparity recorded in 2020-2021.

In the 2008-2009 season, Mayville received 295 inches of snowfall, while Buffalo received 100.2 inches, resulting in a significant disparity of 194.8 inches. The most notable contrast occurred during that particular period.

Since 1951-52, 38 occasions Mayville experienced over 100 inches of extra snow accumulation compared to Buffalo.

Buffalo accumulated 141.4 inches of snow while the village received 296 inches of snowfall during that winter. The winter of 1995-96 marked the highest amount of snowfall recorded in Mayville.

The winter of 1976-77 was significant because it was the year of the Blizzard. Mayville received a total of 290 inches of snow, while Buffalo received 199.4 inches of snow that year. The Queen City recorded the highest snowfall of the year in 1977.

Of snow inches 36.7 received Buffalo and inches 109 received Mayville season. That snowfall total lowest the was 2011-12 of winter the.


Despite the fact that the information on the website of the National Weather Service is not as comprehensive, both the two towns in Chautauqua County receive considerably less snow compared to Mayville.

Jamestown experienced 56.5 inches of snow, while Dunkirk received 56.9 inches during the winter of 2021-22, marking the one year when Dunkirk had slightly higher snowfall. Throughout eight out of the nine years, Jamestown consistently received more snow than Dunkirk did. The National Weather Service has recorded weather data for both Dunkirk and Jamestown starting from the 2015-2016 period onward.

Jamestown received a total of 75.6 inches of snow, while Dunkirk received 60.1 inches and Buffalo received 55.1 inches. In the winter of 2015-16, Buffalo had more snow than Dunkirk, with only one instance, and Buffalo had five times more snow than Dunkirk. Additionally, Buffalo had nine consecutive winters with more snow than Jamestown.


Even though Mayville gets a lot of snow, perhaps the highest in the county, Perrysburg in Cattaraugus County seems to get more.

The National Weather Service has data for Perrysburg going back to the winter of 2004-2005, and as of March 31st, the total snowfall received so far this year is 94.9 inches, with the final totals yet to be listed.

Mayville has never experienced a greater accumulation of snow than Perrysburg in the past 72 years. During the exceptionally snowy season of 2013-14, Perrysburg received a staggering 313 inches, which is tenfold the amount Mayville received in the preceding 18 years.