An epic snowstorm touched down in Buffalo, New York on November 18, 2014 leaving the city buried under several feet of snow. The storm blanketed homes and streets making it impossible for many residents to step outside of their front doors. The record snow-fall shut down the city’s roadways and ravaged the region, effectively closing down the city.
Below is a time-lapse video of the “Lake Effect” snow. Cold wind blowing across the Great Lakes creates “instant” snow, and much like a snow maker. The blizzard blew across the city, bringing everything to a halt.
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Many people shared dramatic photos of the incredible weather event. Here is a photo of the lake-effect snow.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 18, 2014
Another photo of the lake-effect snow from the air.
Buffalo it still getting pummeled with lake effect snow through the night.. Pretty amazing sight actually.. pic.twitter.com/CfEFzQ2zR5
— Jay McKee (@JayMcKee74) November 19, 2014
Many residents awoke to this sight when they opened their front doors.
Buffalo has a crazy amount of snow today. pic.twitter.com/O7w1zKvFd5
— margaret stuart md (@marstu67) November 19, 2014
Some homes sustained much more damage.
Rescue crews and firefighters had difficulty reaching people in distress, and resorted to using snowmobiles or walking on foot.
Motorways and roads were shut down, stranding many commuters.
— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) November 19, 2014
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 18, 2014
Photo from Caitlin Battaglia who is stuck on the Thruway near Lackawanna tolls. pic.twitter.com/RVcJCi7q1b
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) November 19, 2014
People have been doing their best to continue their daily routines.
Countless others have been slowly digging themselves out.
— Mark Schreiber (@marks59) November 19, 2014
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) November 19, 2014
But it will be some time before the city will be able to remove the snow and for things to get back to business as usual.
— Melissa Sitarek (@MissySopko0514) November 19, 2014
The winter weather is expected to continue for a few more days in the region.