Officials in western New York are bracing for potential flooding after the huge snowstorm that dumped as many as 88 inches of snow in the Buffalo region, thanks to the lake effect. In fact, Governor Cuomo has moved his cabinet to Buffalo, to show he's Serious about recovery. So serious that he's taken to blaming the National Weather Service for "their largely accurate Buffalo snow forecasts."

During a Saturday press conference, Cuomo insisted, "No one had an idea that it was going to be that much snow that fast... Snow coming down at the rate of about 5 inches an hour. No one had an idea. The weather service was off.”

However, if you look at the facts, the National Weather Service actually DID forecast the intense snow. From TWC News:

According an e-mail from the NWS, by Saturday the prediction was one to two feet of snow or more.

By Sunday, the NWS was calling for a blizzard, definitely two feet of snow, and an expectation for roads to become impassable.

By 3:45 p.m. Monday, the NWS increased forecasts again to two to three feet or more, and predicted snowfall rates would reach five inches per hour.

In a statement, the NWS said:"The National Weather Service issued time and accurate forecasts for not just one, but two heavy lake-effect snow events for the Buffalo area."

And you do not MESS with the meteorologists:

And from Don Paul, meteorologist at the CBS affiliate in Buffalo:

Governor Cuomo’s attempt to scapegoat the National Weather Service for an inaccurate forecast in advance is not only completely in error-the NWS did an outstanding job-but is a disservice to the public and to the hard-working staff of this federal agency. No forecast of such an historical disaster is going to be absolutely perfect, but no one who lives here can say this event was not well forecast in advance, or that the warning headlines of its impact to come were not well explained in advance… his statement is disinformation, purposeful or ill-informed.

According to the Post, while the NWS updated its forecast for six feet of snow on Tuesday, "[S]tate officials only planned for 3 feet of snow from a briefing they received Monday and got a late start plowing out the region."

Anyway, Cuomo, with his snow boner, says he'll create NY state's own weather service, "We want even more information and even more data, and the only way to get it then is to put up more stations that have more sensors."