Northern U.S. bracing for more snowstorms

Nov 20, 2014, 5:50 AM EST
Residents try to shovel through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo.
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Another 3 ft of snow is expected to hit parts of north-eastern US after a massive snowstorm left at least seven dead in New York state on Wednesday. The BBC reports:

Weather-related deaths were also reported in New Hampshire and Michigan. Parts of the city of Buffalo are already under 5ft of snow. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called the snowstorm a "historic event".

Freezing temperatures have continued in many parts of the US, with heavy disruption to travel. John Jiloty of East Aurora near Buffalo told the BBC that some people had been stuck in their cars for a day and a half.

"I'm lucky to not be in some of the worst of it where there's six feet of snow literally 15 minutes away from where I am," he said. "We have maybe four feet of snow so a couple more coming tonight and we'll see how we do".

Buffalo's first snowstorm of the season could give the area a year's worth of snow — around 8 feet — in just three days. USAToday reports:

More than 5 feet of snow was already on the ground Wednesday, and another round of lake-effect snow is forecast to bring an additional 3 feet of snow to the Buffalo area on Thursday and Friday.

The average snowfall for an entire year: 93.6 inches, or close to 8 feet.

"This is a 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 during a visit to the city.

Christopher Burt, a weather historian with the Weather Underground, said this Lake Erie snowstorm "will go down as the most extreme on record." For the second straight day, overnight temperatures in all 50 states Wednesday fell to freezing or lower — even in Hawaii, atop the high mountain summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island.