Publication Date November 18, 2014

Buffalo, N.Y., area in the midst of a truly insane lake effect snow storm

United States
Trucks sit stranded on a closed New York state thruway in the town of Cheektowaga near Buffalo. Photo:Lindsay DeDario, Reuters

The snow has not let up one bit south of Buffalo, N.Y., this afternoon, where at least 48 inches has accumulated in under 24 hours in Lancaster, Lackawanna, and West Seneca, N.Y. The snow has become so bad, that the National Guard will help to dig people out...It’s looking like this storm could turn out to be one of the history books, meteorologists agreed...Around 70 inches of snow is expected in the heaviest bands through at least Thursday. The week’s totals will undoubtedly rival the all-time snowfall record for Buffalo, which was 81.6 inches over the course of five days in 2001.