New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening for various regions after a severe winter storm dump several feet of snow in Upstate New York. Counties in affected areas include: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego and Wyoming.
"This storm may persist until Friday morning with the potential for another two feet of snow. New Yorkers in these areas should exercise extreme caution, and stay off the roads until conditions are clearer and safer," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is experiencing yet another severe winter storm, and I am declaring a State of Emergency in counties that have been or will be affected to help communities as they experience a substantial amount of snowfall.”
The governor sent 150 workers with the National Guard to help with the immense snowfall, the Daily Beast wrote. The storm has dumped over four feet of lake-effect white stuff. Eventually, Upstate New York could accumulate “over 5 feet of new snow” from this storm, a Weather Channel meteorologist said.
New Yorkers in these areas should exercise extreme caution. Stay off the roads until conditions are clearer & safer: http://t.co/RCltMFL57r
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 18, 2014
State has activated 526 plows, 74 large loaders, 1,247 operators, 17 large snow blowers, 4 truck-mounted snow blowers pic.twitter.com/8XN94i4XlA
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 19, 2014
The state sent out 526 plows, 4 truck-mounted snow blowers, 17 large snow blowers and 1,247 operators,” the governor’s website said. Personnel will work “around the clock” until the storm ends.
The harsh weather prompted Amtrack to suspend service on lines between Albany, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Ohio and Ontario, Canada. The statement on its website said service would not be restored until Wednesday afternoon. “No alternate transportation is available,” the announcement read. “Amtrak regrets any inconvenience.”
Four people lost their lives as a result of the brutal weather, Buffalo News reported Tuesday. Two people died while shoveling snow and another was killed trying to free a car from a snow drift.
New York isn’t the only state affected by the storm. Heavy snow has accumulated in northern Ohio, northern and western Michigan, northwest Pennsylvania and far northern Wisconsin, TWC wrote. All 50 U.S. states endured freezing temperatures Tuesday.
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