Lake-Effect Snow Hits Buffalo as Officials Warn of 'Life-Threatening' Storm

Snow swept through parts of western New York on Thursday night, November 17, as the National Weather Service (NWS) issued multiple warnings for 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.

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

This footage by Chris Luft shows snow in Buffalo on Thursday night. Credit: Chris Luft via Storyful

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