Winter storm hits Buffalo with record snowfall, at least 3 dead

A powerful winter storm hit Buffalo, New York, burying the city in a record amount of snow and stranding residents as temperatures dropped dangerously low.

More than 22 inches of snow was dumped Friday in Buffalo, breaking the previous daily snowfall record of 12.6 inches set in 1976, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

“This could turn out to be the worst storm in our community’s history,” Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said Saturday morning. “There are still probably hundreds of people trapped in vehicles.”

Governor Kathy Hochul deployed the National Guard on Friday to assist with rescue and recovery efforts as local first responders were overwhelmed.

Wild video on Twitter showed West Seneca Police Department officers forced to abandon their bogged down cruiser as the arctic cold front swept through the area.

The department shared footage of heavy snowfall as they requisitioned a vehicle more suitable for the weather conditions.

“We will say once again this is no joke here and stay off the roads,” police said.

At least three people died as a result of the blizzard.

Two people in Cheektowaga died early Saturday after first responders were unable to reach them in time, Poloncarz said, adding that they died of ’emergency medical events’ and were not trapped in their cars .

However, there were multiple reports of first responders and the National Guard rescuing residents trapped in their cars throughout the day.

Hoak’s restaurant is covered in ice from the spray from the waves of Lake Erie.

Meteorologist reed cutter detailed on Twitter how he helped rescue a family stranded for 7 hours one block from a shelter.

“Worst blizzard I have ever covered,” he wrote.

Another person in the city of Buffalo, although Poloncarz did not disclose the circumstances of his death.

“All other reports are rumours. These three are the only confirmed deaths,” Poloncarz said in a Tweet from 4:20 p.m.

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, Buffalo was suffering from 0.06 miles of visibility, PKB Weather told the Post.

Icicles on a Buffalo house.

The National Guard helped rescue people trapped in their vehicles.

Travis Sanchez walks on a snowdrift with a pair of shovels for a stranded motorist on Chenango Street in Buffalo, NY on Saturday, December 24, 2022.

Travis Sanchez trudges over a snowdrift with a pair of shovels for a stranded motorist.


Jessica Chan of Buffalo, New York navigates through deep snow as a major winter storm, which affects large parts of the United States, continues to batter Buffalo

Wind chills were reported to be -10 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit.


The city’s airport received a snowfall of 30.4 inches on Christmas Eve evening. Wind speeds across the city have been recorded at up to 60mph and are not expected to decrease until Monday morning.

Wind chills were reported to be -10 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

Buffalo NWS Branch shared footage of intense snowfall and zero visibility conditions at its airport headquarters. The whiteout armored cars parked a few meters away, the agency said.

There was zero mile visibility at the airport for 16 hours from midday Friday until the early morning of Christmas Eve.

The City of Buffalo did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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