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.