While many parts of the country including South Carolina dealing with unusually cold temperatures, even places known for wintry weather are running into problems.
At least five people have died as a result of storms in and around Buffalo, new york, which has seen the heaviest snowfall in decades.
Even for Buffalo, New York, it’s a lot of snow.
Karoll Markiewicz, who lives in Buffalo said, “It’s too much. It’s just really a lot of snow here.”
The wind is making it even worse creating low to zero visibility with snow drifts that are halfway up houses.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “It’s probably heavier than anything that we have seen in over 40 years.”
Officials shut down major highways, including part of the New York State Thruway (interstate 90) where The Niagara University women’s basketball team found themselves stranded on a bus, stuck in the snow.
Some areas of south Buffalo have seen more five feet of snow already, and with another round of storms expected at the end of the week, snow totals could top more than 90 inches — that’s seven-and-a-half feet!
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “…there are some parts of our community that are going to receive the equivalent of a whole year’s worth of snowfall in three days.”
And with so much snow, there’s nowhere to put it. Crews have had to bring in front-end loaders and dump trucks to take the snow out of the hardest-hit areas.