Hard-hit Buffalo area braces for more snow; thaw in sight Wednesday: Live updates


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Buffalo braced Tuesday for more snow after a historic and brutal winter storm buried the region and left more than two dozen people dead.

Up to two more inches of snow could fall in parts of western New York through Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. Buffalo was under a winter weather advisory for 3-5 inches of lake-effect snow in some areas.

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“This is not the end yet,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, calling the blizzard “the worst storm probably in our lifetime.”

The storm system, which began before Christmas, pounded Buffalo with as much as 49 inches of snow in recent days. The blizzard has left at least 28 people dead in the region, some found trapped in cars and others outside as snow drifts prevented emergency responders from rescues.

The blizzard is one of the worst weather-related disasters in the region's history, and officials expect the death toll to continue climbing.
Snow blankets Buffalo, New York, on Dec. 25, 2022, in this aerial drone photo.
A thaw may be coming Wednesday

There is some relief in sight: On Wednesday, a warm front is expected to move across north central New York, raising temperatures above freezing, forecasters say.

Ashton Robinson Cook, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the bomb cyclone – when atmospheric pressure drops very quickly in a strong storm – has weakened. It developed near the Great Lakes, stirring up blizzard conditions including heavy winds and snow.

Some milder air has already made its way into western New York and temperatures will continue to rise over the next few days into the 40s and possibly even the 50s, according to Tom Kines, senior meteorologist at Accuweather.

"The news is generally good for that entire area over the next several days because it is warming up and there's no big snowstorms in sight," Kines told USA TODAY.

While the quick rise in temperature poses some minor flooding risk in the area, the likelihood for major flooding in unlikely without further precipitation, according to Kines.
Flight cancellations mount

More than 2,800 flights were canceled within, into or out of the U.S. for Tuesday as of about 8 a.m. Eastern time, according to FlightAware.

Flight cancellations by multiple airlines have left thousands of travelers stranded at airports across the country during the storm. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced it will be looking into Southwest Airlines' cancellations in particular, which led the number of canceled flights by far.

Airlines could also see further problems later in the week as temperatures rise East of the Rocky Mountains and fog becomes a larger factor, according to Kines.

"That's going to be something to watch out for as the week progresses," he said. "This time around, we won't have to deal with the snow but the fog could be an issue for those that are traveling.


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