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The Buffalo storm detonated like a meteor bomb. Why? Read on.

More than four feet of snow fell in western New York, accompanied by wind gusts peaking at 75 mph. Bomb cyclones are known for their rapid drops in pressure, intensifying the impact. National Weather Service described it as “once-in-a-generation” event days before it struck. Temperatures across the Midwest and Great Lakes varied by up to 50 degrees. Central pressure in that high-pressure zone approached 1060 millibars, close to record values for the western U.S. The arrival of low-pressure zones at high altitudes over the Upper Midwest set up dramatic contrasts.