Syracuse and Binghamton running away with snow trophy

Corrections & clarifications: An earlier version of this story left out Binghamton and Albany, which should have been included.

As the snow keeps piling up, it might seem like Rochester has a lock on the annual Golden Snowball Derby, the friendly competition among upstate cities for the highest seasonal snowfall total.

Yet even with this seemingly endless snowfall, Rochester is barely in the race. And Buffalo, despite its national reputation for snowfall, is running a distant third.

While this storm will add significantly to Rochester's total, it is doing the same for rivals Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton and Syracuse, so it will probably end up as a wash. Syracuse and Binghamton had a formidable lead before this storm, and looks like they will vie for the bragging rights,

Barring an unforeseen lake effect storm or two.

The unofficial Golden Snowball competition has always been limited to upstate cities where snowfall traditionally is heaviest.

Here is the recorded seasonal snowfall at official weather stations as of midnight Tuesday (the totals will clearly be higher after today):

Syracuse: 128.4 inches

Binghamton: 127.6 inches

Rochester: 92.4 inches

Buffalo: 67.6 inches

Albany: 58.4 inches


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