Deadly snow storm hits Buffalo, NY

  • Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. 
  • Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Firefighters from Cheektowaga and Depew carry a patient during an evacuation from the Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga near Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 20, 2014. 
  • Greg Waters (L) tries to remove some of the five feet of snow from a driveway on Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Aileen Pawlowski and Gary Parker walk down Sycamore St. to get essentials from the local store in East Aurora, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014.
  • Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on Nov. 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
  • A man uses a snow blower to clear snow from his driveway near a completely snow-covered car (L) in Hamburg, N.Y., a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 2014 following an overnight winter storm that dumped many feet of lake-effect snow on the area.
  • Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on Nov. 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y.
  • A CSX freight train plows its way past the Cemetery Rd. overpass in Lancaster, N.Y. on Nov. 19, 2014.
  • A woman walks down the middle of the street through the blowing snow in Buffalo, New York, on Nov. 19, 2014.
  • Snow covers a street at daybreak on Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. 
  • A home is covered in snow in a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, New York, following an overnight winter storm that dumped a reported 5 feet of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York on Nov. 19, 2014.
  • A New York State snowblower removes snow on Broadway in Lancaster, N.Y. on Nov. 19, 2014. 
  • Cars with snow atop the roofs sit idle at this home on Broadway in Lancaster, N.Y. on Nov. 19, 2014.
  • Heavy snow covers the street on Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city.
  • A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Parts of New York measured the season’s first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. 
  • In this photo provided by Patrick Bryne, his dog, Bonnie, sniffs a door blocked with snow on Nov. 18, 2014, in South Buffalo, N.Y. A lake-effect snowstorm dumped more than 4 feet of snow on the Buffalo area on Tuesday.
  • Lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures affected travel, like this plane that negotiated its way through the snow at Buffalo Greater International Airport, in Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York.
  • A 4-foot fence and SUV are nearly buried along a street in Buffalo, N.Y. on Nov. 18, 2014. 
  • Steven Gros shovels snow from outside his home in Orchard Park, New York, on Nov. 18, 2014.
  • A lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures produces a wall of snow traveling over Lake Erie into Buffalo, New York on Nov. 18, 2014. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a “polar vortex” descended Tuesday into much of the Northeastern U.S.
  • Heavy snow covers the street on Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y.
  • A house is obscured by wind-blown, lake-effect snow on Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y.

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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.

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