New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the activation of the National Guard on Saturday to help with the cleanup. A historic and deadly ice storm It hit parts of western New York.
About 70 National Guard members were sent to the worst-hit southern cities or southern Buffalo County, Hochul told the NBC News affiliate. WGRZ.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the National Guard was at the stadium Saturday afternoon “to pick up and deliver people who need dialysis.” Tweet.
Heavy snow continued overnight in the area, hitting Buffalo hard, Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Niewerth said at a news conference Saturday. Snowfall rates will be up to 3 inches per hour, he said.
Snow will continue to impact the Great Lakes region this weekend, with lake-effect snow occurring as Arctic air moves over the relatively temperate waters of the Great Lakes.
Erie County took the brunt of the snow, where two men died Friday after suffering “cardiac events” from shoveling or snowing. At Orchard Park, southeast of Buffalo, nearly 6 1/2 feet of snow had fallen by 7 a.m. Saturday, according to National Weather Service. Hamburg received more than six feet of snow, where a house’s roof collapsed under the weight of heavy, wet snow, while southwestern Blastel had more than five feet of snow.
Natural Bridge in Jefferson County also had six feet of snow.
Less than 1,000 customers are without power in Erie County due to the snowstorm. power cut. us.
About 30 inches of snow fell in Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service. The Daily Maximum Snowfall Record The city also broke through on Saturday with 16.1 inches of snow in one day. The previous record was 7.6 inches in a single day in 2014.
Mayor Byron Brown said the snow is expected to end early Sunday morning, but the city could see up to 10 inches before then.
“Unfortunately it looks like more snow is coming,” Brown said News conference Saturday afternoon. “8 to 10 inches of snow across the city of Buffalo is roughly predicted to end sometime around 1 a.m. and we expect more snow to fall.”
Three warming centers opened in Buffalo on Saturday where residents without power can seek shelter, Brown said. announced on Twitter.
Buffalo Airport closed Friday night and temporarily closed their runways It reopened Saturday morning.
Heavy lake-effect snow affecting the Niagara Falls area Saturday afternoon is expected to move north and through Buffalo. Stronger bands will move south Saturday night into Sunday, with 1 to 2 inches of snow expected per hour.
The storm is expected to move south again to areas already badly affected.
An additional 8 to 16 inches of snow is possible, with some isolated spots picking up an additional 12 to 25 inches across the Oswego County area.
Snow will begin to taper off Sunday night into Monday. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph are possible, creating heavy snowdrifts and near-zero visibility.
About 4 million people are under lake-effect warnings from Cleveland to Watertown, NY. Most of the warnings will expire by Sunday afternoon, but a few will remain in the Oswego area into Monday.
Officials continue to warn against unnecessary travel Many streets are still unpavedAccording to Polancars.
As of Saturday morning, a travel ban was in place for most of Erie County, including the entire city of Buffalo. Tweet From Polancars. A travel advisory will be lifted in parts east, north and west of Buffalo at 2 p.m. The city is showing improvement on Saturday, but according to Brown, the hardest hit will be in the south.
“If you come out, you run the risk of getting stuck and actually disrupting our plowing operation and our snow removal operation,” Brown warned.
Residents are also encouraged Avoid dumping heavy, wet snow And avoid overexertion if they must impose.
Brittany Cubicco And Courtney Broughal Contributed.
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