Buffalo Snow Storm Kills 7, May Break Record

The first snowstorm of the season has left many people dead and may set a U.S. record for snowfall within a 24-hour period.

At least five deaths in New York are blamed on the snow, including three people who died from heart attacks while shoveling snow, USA Today reported. Two other deaths have been reported in Michigan and New Hampshire.

One death in Cheektowaga, New York occurred when a vehicle was attempting to help a stuck vehicle get traction in the snow. The stuck vehicle backed up and pinned on of the men, a 30-year-old from Pennsylvania, between the vehicles. A 46-year-old man in Alden, New York died in his car, which was found buried in snow by rescuers.

[quote text_size=”small” author=”– Andrew Cuomo” author_title=”New York Governor”]

If you are in a storm-affected area, stay off the road. More snow is coming.


A state of emergency has been declared for 10 counties, and the National Guard is assisting with clean up, the Los Angeles Times reported.

About 140 miles of Interstate 90, which runs across New York state, remains closed, and more than 100 cars were trapped as of Tuesday night, NBC News reported.

Rescue workers have been using snowmobiles and going through the city to help dig out people who became trapped in their vehicles. The last time a storm this large hit was in 2001, when about 85 inches of snow fell on the area over five days.

The snow was still falling on Wednesday morning with five feet already on the ground. Some areas in southern Buffalo, New York are expected to get a full year’s worth of snow, or nearly six feet, in only three days.

The national snowfall record for a 24-hour period is 7 inches, which was set in 1921 in Silver Lake, Colorado.

Temperatures dropped below to or below freezing in all fifty states overnight, with record cold temperatures reported in Washington, D.C., New York City and Jacksonville, Florida.

Three to eight more inches of snow are expected on Wednesday, with another two feet of snow by Thursday.

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