Brutal Snow Storm Strikes Upstate New York Counties

Governor declares state of emergency
November 19, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Strong snow storms battered New York, threatening lives and transportation. Five people diedthree from heart attacksand hundreds were stranded in the brutal blizzard.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a “state of emergency” in a statement Tuesday for Oswego, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, Wyoming and neighboring counties due to extreme weather.

He predicted widespread power outages and “dangerously cold temperatures.”

Under the order, which is effective through Dec. 1, state officials will be aiding governments and individuals through the emergency. Snowmobiles in several counties were dispatched to provide food, water, and transportation.

Born by freezing winds that originated from the North Pole and drifted over Canada, the storm buried Buffalo in more than five feet of snow by Wednesday morning.

“If you are in a storm-affected area, stay off the road. More snow is coming,” the governor tweeted Wednesday morning. State offices were closed Wednesday.

Cuomo is scheduled to hold a storm briefing at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in Cheektowaga, New York.