A record-breaking winter storm has buried Buffalo, New York and the surrounding area with as much as six feet of snow in some areas and the snow is still falling. Roads are closed, a travel ban is in effect and people are urged to stay at home. The American Red Cross has shelters open for stranded travelers and is working with state and local officials to determine what additional assistance is needed.
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports the lake effect snow will persist through Sunday. Snow could fall as fast as three inches an hour and gusting winds will produce near-zero visibility and dangerous travel conditions. Near zero wind chills will cover the area into Sunday.
The Red Cross has emergency shelters open in Hamburg and Angola, New York and will open additional shelters if necessary. As many as 50 trained Red Cross disaster workers are helping, braving the dangerous conditions themselves to provide comfort to those seeking refuge from the snow.
Lake Erie isn’t the only one of the Great Lakes causing the heavy lake effect snow. Winter weather alerts are still in effect for more than 8 million people across six states bordering all of the Great Lakes — Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. The NWS predicts ongoing heavy lake effect snow will fall downwind of each of the Great Lakes through Sunday.
The Red Cross has steps you should take to stay safe if you are in the path of this winter weather:
STAY OFF THE ROADS AND REMAIN INDOORS IF POSSIBLE
IF YOU MUST GO OUTSIDE
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