Buffalo Lake Effect Storm Turns Deadly as Snow Keeps Falling
An extreme lake effect storm has dumped as much as 65 inches of snow just south of Buffalo, N.Y. The monster storm has resulted in at least six deaths in the area, where drivers remain stranded, transportation has been frozen to a halt, and — unfortunately — snow is expected to keep falling until Friday.
Officials are bracing for as many as 2 additional feet of snow in some portions of the Buffalo area on Thursday, as forecasters predict yet another likely lake effect storm.
According to the Buffalo News, two people died while trying to shovel their way out of the heavy snow, possibly from heart problems. A 46-year-old man was found dead in his car, which was buried in snow. Another person was killed when he was pinned while attempting to free a vehicle that was stuck in the snow, according to the NBC affiliate, WGRZ. A fifth person died under unspecified circumstances, also from a heart problem. And a county employee in Genesee County reportedly died while clearing snow outside of the sheriff’s office. (The brutal weather was also blamed for deaths in Michigan and New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press.)