I live just north of Buffalo, New York. Over the past several days, south Buffalo and many of its suburbs to the south and east have been pummeled by lake effect snow rolling in off of Lake Erie. My daughter has collected a number of photographs circulating locally. Here are some of them.
This north to south aerial view shows the city of Buffalo under assault by a snow band. The snow band maintained its position steadily for three days. From my home 12 miles to the north, the snow band looked like a visiting mountain range.
I've seen a number like the one below. This is what 6-8 feet of snow looks like:
If you're too lazy to dig out, make use of the snow:
Shoveling snow overhead is exhausting.
This poor guy is trying to stay ahead of the game:
I think this one is from the first night:
My wife's parents are in Alden, one of the hardest hit areas. I am worried their roof will collapse before we can get there to dig them out. They have an escape plan if that happens, or if their high-efficiency furnace exhaust gets clogged with snow. I'm worried about that, too. They're keeping an eye on the vent and their carbon monoxide detector. They have more than six feet of snow. Not snow drifts--six feet of fallen snow. My sister-in-law and her daughter are trapped in Lancaster under similar circumstances.
The latest death count I heard was ten. Mostly heart attacks while shoveling. Two older folks became disoriented and died of hypothermia. A 46-year-old man was found dead (probably asphyxia or hypothermia) in his car under 12-15 feet of snow. The roofs of homes and businesses are collapsing in large numbers, according to radio reports. Motor vehicle roofs are also collapsing.
This thing has been like a slow motion avalanche. Worse than the storm of 2000. Worse, even than the Blizzard of '77.
Winter here surely does suck.