Western New York began rebounding Sunday after a widespread snowstorm that will go down in history as one of the largest in the state’s history.
Officials opened roads and lifted travel restrictions across much of the region under clearer conditions Sunday after three days of heavy snowfall, but the bans remained in hard-hit areas such as Orchard Park, South Buffalo and Hamburg.
Buffalo continued clearing snow and shoveling streets after more than six feet of snow accumulated in some cities. Many businesses remained closed in the area.
“It was a historic storm,” New York Governor Kathy Hochul told reporters on Sunday. “Without a doubt, this is an entry in the record book.”
Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb where the NFL’s Bills play their home games, was the hardest hit, recording 77 inches of snow between Thursday and Saturday. Meanwhile, the village of Natural Bridge hit 72 inches.
Originally scheduled for Sunday at Orchard Park, the Bills faced the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field in Detroit after the NFL moved the game due to inclement weather.
By Monday morning, up to two feet more snow could accumulate in areas not as significantly affected by last week’s weather.
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz tweeted Sunday that the storm had set a new “New York state snowfall record,” but did not specify what metrics it was referring to.
Areas south of Buffalo experienced 7 feet of snow during a three-day storm in November 2014.
Jason Alumbaugh of the National Weather Service said it’s not yet clear if last week’s storm broke the 1966 snow record in 24 hours, when 50 inches accumulated in Camden, New York
Schools will remain closed Monday in most of western New York, including Buffalo, Orchard Park and Hamburg.
At least three people have died in the storm, including a snow plow driver whose vehicle overturned in Hamlet, Indiana.
“Unfortunately, we have to report the d*aths of two Erie County residents – related to cardiac events related to exertion while shoveling/clearing snow,” Poloncarz wrote on Twitter on Friday. “We send our deepest sympathy and remind everyone that this snow is very heavy and dangerous.”
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