The lake-effect snow event that has been burying places downwind of the Great Lakes the past several days can be considered historical for Syracuse, N.Y.
Wednesday marked the third consecutive day that Syracuse broke a daily snowfall record.
The 14.9 inches that fell on Wednesday shattered the day's previous record of 8.9 inches from 1961.
Wednesday is also now Syracuse's fourth snowiest December day on record. Dec. 30, 1997, holds the top spot with 18.6 inches.
Wednesday's snow brought Syracuse's four-day snow total to 43.2 inches, which is just shy of the city's all-time four-day snowfall record. The four days from Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 1966, ranks first with 44.6 inches.
When the light lake-effect snow that fell on Saturday is added in, the five-day snowfall total at Syracuse equals 44.3 inches. This stretch ranks sixth among the city's greatest five-day snow totals.
The multi-day lake-effect snow event produced this scene in Syracuse, N.Y. Photo submitted by AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Aaron G. on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Upload your snow photos on our Facebook page.
Syracuse does not sit at the top of the snowfall totals list for this multi-day lake-effect event.
Through 6 p.m. EST Wednesday, that honor goes to Lucan, Ontario. A total of 65.7 inches (167 cm) of snow has buried this Canadian town that is located northwest of London.
The multi-day lake-effect event will eventually die down today as an area of high pressure builds into the Northeast. The break in the snowy weather, however, will be extremely brief.
An Alberta Clipper will return some snow to the Great Lakes later today into Friday. More burying snow will get unloaded over the region this weekend into early next week from a monster storm and the lake-effect event that will follow.
A powerful storm will bring disruptive weather from Spain to France and Italy for Christmas Day.
As California heads into its third consecutive dry winter with no relief in sight, firefighters continue to battle a late-fall blaze in Big Sur.
After several days of unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and rounds of snow will continue to spread across the Western and Central states into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Little Rock, AR (1998)
282 straight days without subfreezing temperatures, longest streak on record.
Atlantic Ocean (1984)
Hurricane Lili northeast of Puerto Rico. Only the 6th tropical storm in December since 1886.
Chicago, IL (1960)
12.5" snow, max. 24 hour December snow.