Photos: Buffalo Buried Under 6 Feet Of Snow As Historic Storm Rages

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A lake-effect snow storm that has pounded the Buffalo, New York, area since Thursday night has now dropped more than six feet in spots, shutting down travel for some highly populated areas with even more snow on the way.

Key Facts

The highest recorded total so far is 77 inches at Orchard Park—a suburb of Buffalo where the Buffalo Bills football team plays—according to the National Weather Service.

Over 17 inches have fallen at the Buffalo airport on Saturday alone, more than doubling the previous record snowfall total for November 19 of 7.6 inches.

The airport is open, but 65% of outgoing flights scheduled for Saturday have been canceled and another 15% have been delayed, according to FlightAware.

A roadway travel ban is in effect for the entire city of Buffalo along with major suburbs to the east and south, while all area bus service has been suspended.

Much of the immediate Buffalo area was experiencing a break in the heavy snow Saturday afternoon but additional lake effect snow bands are expected, which could drop up to three more feet of snow in some places before the storm finally lets up on Monday.

At least three deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Surprising Fact

The Bills moved their Sunday game against the Cleveland Browns from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park to Ford Field in Detroit. The team’s Twitter account has been posting photos and videos of snow piling up in Highmark Stadium throughout the storm.

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Further Reading

3 dead as dangerous lake-effect storm paralyzes upstate New York (CBS News)