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Snowfall contest's fine print gives Syracuse edge

Tami Normile and Richard Brooks try to remove

Tami Normile and Richard Brooks try to remove some of the five feet of snow from a rooftop on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo. Credit: John Normile/Getty Images

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - When it comes to the competition for the snowiest big city in upstate New York, location matters.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( that the rules of the Golden Snowball contest require snowfall measurements to be taken at the official National Weather Service station in each city. For Buffalo, that's the airport in suburban Cheektowaga.

While some areas just a few miles from the airport recorded 90 inches of snow the week of Nov. 17, the Buffalo airport has received about 21 inches so far.

Meanwhile, Syracuse officially has received 10 inches, but a storm expected to hit central New York starting Tuesday is likely to dump up to a foot of snow on the region.

Syracuse's weather station is also at the airport, located just north of the city.

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