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Snow buries area in upstate New York

More than 6 feet of lake-effect snow was dumped in the Buffalo, N.Y., area over the last few days with reports of more on the way. Storms closed a 100-mile plus section of the New York State Thruway, and the US National Guard has been called in to help dig out.--By Lloyd Young
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A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y., on Nov. 19. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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A massive band of lake-effect snow band moves through the south of Buffalo, N.Y. on 18. Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing state troopers to deliver blankets and other supplies to motorists stranded on the New York State Thruway and adding an ominous note to a wintry season that’s already snarling travel and numbing fingers from the Midwest to the Carolinas. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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Homes are covered in snow in West Seneca, N.Y., on Nov. 19. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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Mark Settlemyer (left) gets help clearing snow from the roof of his mother's house from Ken Wesley on Nov. 19 in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)
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Braeden Attig,11, removes snow from a buried car along Powers Road in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Nov. 19. A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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John Dowl waits for roadside assistance after going off the 219 on Nov. 17. Upstate New York is getting hit with a wintry mix of weather as the work week begins, with a foot of snow possible in some parts of the Adirondacks and lake-effect snow belts. About an inch of snow has fallen in areas north of Albany early Monday morning, while places closer to the city are getting a mix of sleet and rain. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. on Nov. 19. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press)
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Charles Miller a tractor trailor driver for DOT foods hugs and says goodbye to Hope Clingan, a college student from Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio along camp road in Hamburg, N.Y., on Nov. 19. Miller carried Clingan thru the snow to her hotel on Tuesday evening. A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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This US National Guard photo taken on Nov. 19 shows a New York Air National Guard Airman from the 107th Airlift Wing based in Niagara Falls, New York assisting in snow removal efforts from the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, New York. The facility, like much of Western New York in Erie County, experienced historic levels of lake effect snowfall that paralyzed the City of Buffalo and area roads, businesses and communities. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo directed the mobilization of more than 240 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from area units to assist local authorities with snow removal or traffic control as regions of Western New York see more than six feet (1.8m) of snowfall in just 72 hours. (Maj. Mark Frank/US National Guard via AFP/Getty Images)
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Mike Valentine and his girlfriend Jill Kless walk home after shopping at Tops as snow falls in Boston, N.Y., on Nov. 18. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on Nov. 19 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y. 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. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (John Normile/Getty Images)
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Omer Odovsc looks over his tractor trailer that got stuck on the 219 off ramp leading to Rt. 391 in Boston, N.Y., on Nov. 18. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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A 4-foot fence and SUV are nearly buried along a street in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 18. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area. The Thruway Authority said white-out conditions caused by wind gusts of more than 30 mph forced the closure of Interstate 90 in both directions from the Rochester area to Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles southwest of Buffalo. (Carolyn Thompson/Associated Press)
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Firefighters from West End Hose Company in Depew, N.Y. help a stuck motorist on Transit Road on Nov. 18. Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing state troopers to deliver blankets and other supplies to motorists stranded on the New York State Thruway and adding an ominous note to a wintry season that’s already snarling travel and numbing fingers from the Midwest to the Carolinas. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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A man fills up in white out conditions at a gas station on Route New York State Route 12F near Brownville, N.Y. A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. (Justin Sorensen/The Watertown Daily Times via Associated Press)
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Jerry Delzer attempts to clear the snow in his driveway in Depew, N.Y., on Nov. 18. Several feet of lake-effect snow paralyzed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing state troopers to deliver blankets and other supplies to motorists stranded on the New York State Thruway and adding an ominous note to a wintry season that’s already snarling travel and numbing fingers from the Midwest to the Carolinas. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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Nathaniel J. Ford, 11, shovels the sidewalk in front of his house, on William Street in Watertown, N.Y. A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way. (Justin Sorensen/The Watertown Daily Times via Associated Press)
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Christine Bloom works to clear snow off her vehicle to try and make it to work in Hamburg, N.Y., on Nov. 19. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (Harry Scull Jr./The Buffalo News via Associated Press)
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A plane negotiates its way through the snow at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, N.Y., as a lake-effect snowstorm with freezing temperatures hit the area on Nov. 18. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press)
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Snow covers a street at daybreak on Nov. 19 in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. (Carolyn Thompson/Associated Press)
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A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (Gary Wiepert/Associated Press)
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A woman waves from the window of a home in a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, N.Y. following an overnight winter storm that dumped a reported 5 feet of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York, on Nov 19. The storm was part of a very large weather system that dropped temperatures to record lows over a large area of the United States. (Mark Webster/EPA)
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