• An abandon car marked by orange cones is buried under snow as a snowplow passes by in Buffalo.REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario
  • Cuomo and other government officials viewed part of the thruway where several trucks and motorists were stranded after an autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow on western New York state.Reuters
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo climbs over snow piled on the highway after talking with a stranded trucker on interstate I-190 while surveying an area in West Seneca, New York November 19, 2014.Reuters
  • A vehicle is shown submerged in snow sits on interstate I-190 in West Seneca, New York November 19, 2014.Reuters
  • A car is covered in snow in Orchard Park outside of Buffalo.Reuters
  • A woman walks down the middle of the street through the blowing snow in Buffalo, New York.Reuters
  • Steven Gros shovels snow from outside his home in Orchard Park, New York.Reuters
  • A man plows snow off his sidewalk in Buffalo, New York.Reuters
  • lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures produces a wall of snow travelling over Lake Erie into Buffalo, New York.Reuters

Heavy snowstorm, which hit Western New York on 18 November, killed seven in Buffalo and brought life to a standstill.

The storm, which has been described by many as historic, reportedly buried Great Lakes in as much as five feet (1.5 meters) of snow on Tuesday. Many motorists were stranded overnight and had to wait on the roads for about 12 hours.

Buffalo and other parts of Erie County witnessed snowfall of around three feet (1 meter). "That's a year's worth of snow," Reuters quoted Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe as saying. Driving on many roads was banned as they were covered with heavy ice.

"The storm inundated some areas, with snow falling at a rate of 5 inches (13 cm) per hour, while sprinkling only a few inches (cm) just a few miles (km) away," National Weather Service meteorologist David Thomas told Reuters.

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