Upstate New York Wakes to Heavy Snow as State of Emergency Declared

Snow buried parts of western New York on Thursday night, November 17, as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple warnings for heavy lake-effect snow.

The NWS said the start of an “intense band of lake-effect snow” was over the middle of Lake Erie and due to reach the Buffalo metro area on Thursday evening, bringing a “rapid onset” of heavy snow and quickly deteriorating travel conditions.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for parts of the state, describing the storm as “dangerous” and “life-threatening.”

This footage taken by Mark Margavage shows deep snow outside a Holiday Inn Express in Hamburg, New York, on November 18. Margavage said he’d measured 22.5 inches of snow by 7 am. Credit: Mark Margavage via Storyful

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