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Buffalo, New York, And Surrounding Cities Get Pounded By Snowfall

Chilly lake-effect conditions created a wall of snow that blocked roads and left people stranded. Forecasters in Buffalo said the area could see 90 inches of snow by Wednesday — a new record.

Posted on November 18, 2014, at 10:00 p.m. ET

A wall of lake effect snow rolled over southern Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday, and forecasters said the area could see a record-breaking 90 inches of snowfall.

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee

By night, some areas had seen 5 feet of snow, and more was expected to fall.

60 inches of snow 1 mi SE of Lancaster. Should note that 6 mi NW of that spot at #Buffalo airport we've only seen 3.9 inches. #BUFwx

NWS BUFFALO@NWSBUFFALOFollow

60 inches of snow 1 mi SE of Lancaster. Should note that 6 mi NW of that spot at #Buffalo airport we've only seen 3.9 inches. #BUFwx

8:13 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

According to Don Paul, some areas will likely hit 90 inches of snow tomorrow. Don't miss his forecast here: http://t.co/qmq22R9zKY

WIVB News 4 Buffalo@news4buffaloFollow

According to Don Paul, some areas will likely hit 90 inches of snow tomorrow. Don't miss his forecast here: http://t.co/qmq22R9zKY

5:29 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The snow left cars stuck and closed roads, including more than 100 miles of the New York State Thruway.

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee

Among the stranded was the Niagra University women's basketball team, who as of 9:40 p.m. ET had been stuck for more than 20 hours.

The team had been in the bus for four hours before getting completely snowed in.

We have been praying each hour. It has now been 24 hours. Keep us in your prayers #NUWBBstrandedonbus

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We have been praying each hour. It has now been 24 hours. Keep us in your prayers #NUWBBstrandedonbus

7:01 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Firefighters responded to stuck drivers, and state troopers delivered blankets and other supplies to those on the thruway.

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee

Four people died due to the storm, officials said. One death was due to a car crash, and three other people went into cardiac arrest after shoveling snow, CNN reported.

AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson

One 81-year-old man died after an ambulance couldn't reach his snowed-in home, WKBW reported.

A baby was safely delivered at a fire station after an ambulance couldn't get to a hospital, CNN reported.

#Buffalo Fire Chief: the woman in labor taken to fire station did give birth to a baby girl http://t.co/jDNzCT2rzt #TWCNewsSnow

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#Buffalo Fire Chief: the woman in labor taken to fire station did give birth to a baby girl

http://t.co/jDNzCT2rzt #TWCNewsSnow

6:43 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and asked residents to stay off roads. More than 9,000 people lost power, and the state activated 526 snow plows.

State of Emergency declared in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and Wyoming Counties.

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State of Emergency declared in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and Wyoming Counties.

3:54 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Well the fun continues! Drifts over 6 ft tall! #CanIBorrowASnowmobile @KaelaCarpenter

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Well the fun continues! Drifts over 6 ft tall! #CanIBorrowASnowmobile @KaelaCarpenter

1:37 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee

Cars were abandoned, including trucks and an ambulance.

Ambulance parked & abandoned on Clinton St in south Buffalo. All roads around them are filled w/ several ft of snow.

Jeremy Cohn@JeremyGlobalTVFollow

Ambulance parked & abandoned on Clinton St in south Buffalo. All roads around them are filled w/ several ft of snow.

7:22 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Harry Scull Jr.

I just saw several men stealing chips from inside this abandoned Doritos truck. #BuffaloSnow #nywx

Jeremy Cohn@JeremyGlobalTVFollow

I just saw several men stealing chips from inside this abandoned Doritos truck. #BuffaloSnow #nywx

8:41 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

By nightfall, the snow was still coming down in some areas.

By 10 p.m. ET, 2,500 tons of snow had been removed from Buffalo streets.

#Buffalo mayor thanks people who have obeyed driving ban - 2500 tons of snow have been removed so far http://t.co/jDNzCT2rzt #TWCNewsSnow

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#Buffalo mayor thanks people who have obeyed driving ban - 2500 tons of snow have been removed so far

http://t.co/jDNzCT2rzt #TWCNewsSnow

6:40 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The wintry weather came as most of the U.S. faced colder than normal temperatures. At least one part of each state saw freezing weather Tuesday.

Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket: http://t.co/HiU2jODCCR

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Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket: http://t.co/HiU2jODCCR

6:08 PM - 18 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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