27 dead in western New York blizzard, with more snow on the way

The death toll from the devastating snowstorm that paralyzed western New York rose to at least 27 on Monday morning, while thousands remained without power as snow continued to fall.

“We’re seeing, sort of, the light at the end of the tunnel,” Erie County Executive Mark S. Poloncarz said in press conference on Monday morning. “But this is not the end yet. We are not there.

Mr. Poloncarz said officials in Erie County, which includes Buffalo, had identified 12 more deaths since Sunday that they linked to the storm.

He said the deaths included people found trapped in their cars and those who had “cardiac events” while clearing snow from outside homes and businesses.

At least one death in Niagara County was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said. A 27-year-old man was found dead in his Lockport, N.Y., home after heavy snow blocked an outdoor furnace and caused carbon monoxide to seep into the house, the county sheriff said. Another person was taken to a hospital for treatment, the sheriff’s office said.

An earlier article with a death toll of 29 may have double-counted two deaths in Erie County.

Western New York, no stranger to snow, appeared to bear the brunt of a brutal storm that sent temperatures plummeting across much of the country.

Strong winds downed power lines across the central, eastern and northern United States, and the weather altered holiday travel plans for much of last week. In Maine, more than 20,000 homes and businesses were without power Monday morning, according to utility company maps.

As the remnants of the storm began to move out of western New York, a driving ban remained in effect in Buffalo, the region’s most populous city, as well as in many of its immediate suburbs. Mr Poloncarz said much of Buffalo was “impassable” for motorists and he did not expect conditions to change during the day.

The snow is expected to stop tomorrow morning, with between four and eight more inches expected in parts of the region, mostly concentrated north of the city during the day before moving south overnight, said John Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

Snow is forecast to be “very fluffy,” he added, and with very light winds in the forecast, the Buffalo region shouldn’t expect the same level of blizzard-like conditions it experienced over the weekend.

“We will have more snow, but it’s a much lower impact than what we’ve had,” he said.

The Meteorological Service said on Monday that more than 49 inches of snow were recorded in three days at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the highest total in Erie County. Jefferson County received between 22 and 41 inches of snow, Niagara County recorded up to 24 inches of snow and Lewis County saw up to 30 inches of snow in the same time period, according to the weather service.

More than 12,000 customers were without power in Erie County. Mr. Poloncarz said power “may not be restored until Tuesday” because of damage to utilities from the storm. Authorities said the Buffalo airport will remain closed until Tuesday morning.

Bo Duffy, a spokesman for the New York State Police, said more than 100 members of the State Police are using snowmobiles and other special vehicles to help clear roads, reach stranded cars and move vehicles off the road. , to make way for the snow plows.

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