Buffalo begins clean up after severe Xmas blizzard

STORY: Authorities were digging out from under four feet of snow (1.2 meters) dumped during a deadly Christmas blizzard, even as the National Weather Service predicted a final two inches of snow on Tuesday.

New York State Police cleared abandoned vehicles from snow-covered roads so emergency vehicles and plows could get through the area.

New York state’s second largest city of Buffalo was ground zero for what the governor has called an ‘epic, one-in-a-lifetime weather disaster,' as western New York was hardest hit by an Arctic deep freeze and storm front that extended over most of the United States for days as far south as the Mexican border.

Across the country, at least 60 lives have been lost in weather-related incidents in recent days, NBC News said.

According to Erie County authorities, some of those who died were found frozen in cars, some were in snowbanks outside, and others from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest while shoveling snow.