Deadly snow storm hits Buffalo, NY
The number of fatalities attributed to an intense Buffalo, New York-area snowstorm rose to 13 on Friday after officials announced the deaths of two elderly residents evacuated from a nursing home and one of a man found in a vehicle, NBC News reports. The massive snowstorm, which began pummeling the region beginning Tuesday, has dumped up to seven feet of snow on the region, raising concerns that roofs could collapse under the weight.
Although weather conditions are expected to ease Friday, Buffalo-area residents are now also girding themselves for the possibility of major flooding as snow gives way to rain and warmer temperatures this weekend. States of emergency remained in effect for 10 New York counties Friday.
As of early Thursday, more than five feet of snow had already fallen on the region. At least two more feet fell by early Friday, putting the final snowfall near the total average regional snowfall for an entire year, which is just under eight feet.
“This is an 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 at a press conference Wednesday.