New York snowstorm: Five dead as ‘wall of snow’ buries Buffalo

Up to six feet of snow has fallen in Buffalo

LAMIAT SABIN Wednesday 19 November 2014

Five people have been killed and a state of emergency declared after a towering “wall of snow” buried parts of western New York yesterday.

The fifth death was reported today after the body of a 46-year-old man was found in a car in Erie County, which includes Buffalo.

County officials confirmed yesterday that there had been four snow storm-related deaths. One of the four people was killed in a traffic accident and the three others died after suffering heart problems, two of whom were believed to have been shoveling heavy snow at the time.

At least another two people are believed to have died in car accidents caused by icy conditions and decreased visibility on the roads in New Hampshire and Michigan over the past week.

The arctic storm, which is expected to get worse tomorrow, has plunged nearly half of the US into temperatures well below freezing.

Firefighters from West End Hose Company in Depew, help a stuck motorist on Transit Road

New York state has been one of the hardest hit areas, and was covered in up to six feet of snow leaving many people stranded amid the bitterly-cold weather chaos. A driving ban was enforced in some areas.

Firefighters were also spotted carrying a patient 10 blocks down the street to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo as the blanket of snow was too thick and high to drive through.

The record-low temperatures are said to be characteristic of January rather than November and are the coldest for this time of year since 1976, according to Weather Bell Analytics, a meteorologist consulting firm.

Snow is reported to have fallen at a rate of up to five inches (13 cm) an hour and some areas approached the US record for 24-hour snowfall totals of 76 inches (193 cm).

Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed the New York State National Guard to affected areas yesterday to help residents cope with the severe weather conditions with emergency operations centres activated on Monday night.

The state has employed the use of 526 ploughs, 74 large loaders and about two-dozen large snow blowers to shift the wall of snow blocking the doors and driveways of people’s homes.

Parts of Erie County, western New York, had 60 inches (1.5m) of snow, with more expected to fall over today and tomorrow, said Steven Welch of the National Weather Service near Buffalo.

Concerned residents whose week has been blighted by sub-zero temperatures and disruptions posted their thoughts and pictures on social media.

“This storm may persist until Friday morning with the potential for another two feet of snow,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“New Yorkers in these areas should exercise extreme caution, and stay off the roads until conditions are clearer and safer.”

States bordering the Great Lakes such as North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania were also hit with chilling temperatures as low as -11 degrees Celsius during the night.


  • theunhivedmind

    For years I and a few others have been informing you that we were entering into a new Ice-Age. The last two years it has become obvious we are now starting within the Ice-Age and no longer transitioning. For a few years already we’ve seen numerous cold weather records being broken annually. The ionosphere of the Earth is deminished as the Solar flux is a fifth of what it should be. This low powered Sun will last at least another fifty to seventy-five years all as energy is being made scarce. You see Henry Kissinger and co knew what was coming and how it could be exploited to bring in their New World Order on shortage scaremongering and hardship. Not only do we have to worry about the Sun we have to worry about volcanoes spewing out Sulphur in abundance right into the atmosphere since this will increase the cooling of the planet even further.

    -= The Unhived Mind

  • theunhivedmind

    With half the nation covered in snow, according to ABC, nowhere appears to have had it worse (or more suddenly) than upstate New York. As images pour in from lake-effect snow, to The Buffalo Bills stadium, and from scenes caught in a snow storm to pandas playing, we thought the following stunning drone's-eye-view over Erie County was both incredible in its beauty and cruel in its GDP-destroying reality.


    A Drone's eye view of the beauty (and GDP cruelty) of a snow-buried upstate New York


    This is what it's like to be stuck in a snowstorm in Buffalo…

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    With The National Guard being deployed to help, the situation is dramatic…

    Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days.


    More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday. The average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet.


    "This is a historic event. When all is said and done, this snowstorm will break all sorts of records, and that's saying something in Buffalo," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during a visit to the city.

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    Some amazing images from Buffalo and surrounding areas…

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