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WINDHAM, ME - NOVEMBER 26: Laurie Perham is dressed for the winter in her heavy coat as she cleans the freshly fallen snow from her car after work in Windham in preparation for the ride home to Naples as the snow storm intensifies in Windham areas. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
A plane sits on the tarmac behind rain drops on a window at Logan International Airport in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday as millions of Americans made the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways sloppy along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Thanksgiving holiday travelers make their way to departing trains at Penn Station, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in New York. One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Snow blankets the ground at Military Park, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snow storm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Airline passengers at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC, in Virginia, arrive to snow showers on the busiest travel day of the year November 26, 2014. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed Wednesday in the US northeast as a winter storm delivered freezing rain and snow ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the year's biggest travel weekends. A wintry mix was falling in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, according to the National Weather Service, which forecast 'havoc' for travelers along the east coast from the Carolinas up through New England. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A cluster of westbound traffic, left, curves around Interstate 68 west of Hancock, Md., Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington-to-Boston corridor. (AP Photo/The Herald-Mail, Kevin G. Gilbert)
Travelers wait in lines to check in at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A car sits in a snowbank after sliding off the road during an accident Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. The season's first major snowstorm is promising up to a foot of snow in some places, choking off holiday travel. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
People walk through falling snow at a rest stop on Interstate 95 Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, outside Baltimore, in Aberdeen, Md. One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Travelers wait to board their flights at Miami International Airport in Miami, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Thanksgiving travelers along the East Coast were heading out early because of a forecast calling for a nor'easter that will bring rain and snow. All the major U.S. airlines were closely monitoring the situation but have not yet canceled flights. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Travelers wait to claim their baggage at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Snow blankets the ground at Military Park, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snow storm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
People walk in snow at a rest stop on Interstate 95 Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, outside Baltimore, in Aberdeen, Md. One of the busiest, most stressful travel days of the year posed special challenges in the crowded Washington-to-Boston corridor as travelers on their way to Thanksgiving celebrations contended with a nor'easter packing rain and snow. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Snow blankets the ground at Military Park, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Newark, N.J. The northern New Jersey region is expected to be hit by a snow storm, which will cause problems for those traveling ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NOOA satellite loop taken on November 26, 2014 of a nor'easter moving up the East Coast of the U.S. Forecasters expect the storm to bring rain and snow to a large swathe of the Eastern Seaboard, disrupting holiday travel on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Airline passengers at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, DC, in Virginia, arrive to snow showers on the busiest travel day of the year November 26, 2014. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or delayed Wednesday in the US northeast as a winter storm delivered freezing rain and snow ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the year's biggest travel weekends. A wintry mix was falling in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Washington, according to the National Weather Service, which forecast 'havoc' for travelers along the east coast from the Carolinas up through New England. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
A car travels along the highway as snow falls , Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Concord, N.H. The season's first major snowstorm is promising up to a foot of snow in some places, slowing holiday travel. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
A pedestrian uses an umbrella as as he walks infront of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. A mix of rain and snow is falling steadily around the Washington region as a winter weather advisory remains in effect on one of the busiest travel days of the year, and thousands of people attempt to reach their Thanksgiving destinations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Ellicott Creek rages on Mill St. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Amherst, N.Y. The creek has crested to flood stage Tuesday. Authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
BUFFALO, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: Roadside Snow view from a car on November 21, 2014 in Buffalo, New York as the death toll attributed to Buffalo snow rises to 13. A brutal blast of Arctic air triggered a lake-effect storm and snow in the states of New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, infrared image shows icy cold Canadian air settles over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. bringing snow and bitter cold pictured at 12:30 UTC on November 19, 2014. The deep low pressure system is pushing polar air over the Eastern U.S. is centered over southeastern Canada. The storm has already dumped 5 feet of snow outside Buffalo, New York with more on the way. (Photo by NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)
A vehicle blasts its way through a flooded Stony Road, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Western New York has localized flooding from melting snow following last week's lake-effect snow. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
A truck servicing the oil field turns into traffic in snowy Williston, N.D., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. A winter storm days before the Thanksgiving holiday resulted in snow and icy roads in the oil patch city. But in the frenetic pace of life in the oil patch, work continued despite adverse weather conditions. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
A pickup truck towing a trailer drives into snowy Williston, N.D., Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2015. A winter storm days before the Thanksgiving holiday resulted in snow and icy roads in the oil patch city. But in the frenetic pace of life in the oil patch, work continued despite adverse weather conditions. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
Rail travelers wait to board a train ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations, bringing mostly rain close to the coast, but heavier snow further inland. The exact track and severity of the storm has meteorologists on alert. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Snow piles surround Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A dump truck unloads snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo after heavy lake-effect snowstorms, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A sign marks the location of a snow-covered sewer drain and fire hydrant along McKinley Parkway in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 24, 2104. With temperatures approaching 60 degrees Monday, following more than 7 feet of snow in spots last week, the region was bracing for possible flooding. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
FILE -A front loader drives through a snowstorm along Union Road on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
BUFFALO, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: A high loader works to clear snow along an avenue on November 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 22: A high loader works to clear snow along an avenue on November 22, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A front loader clears snow from Lake Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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A dump truck waits to dump snow that is being hauled from surrounding neighborhoods on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Snow still covers part of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Workers clear snow from the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Workers clear snow from the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
John Eresian, left, of Exeter, N.H. and his daughter from San Francisco make their way through Grand Central Terminal to catch a train to Connecticut for the Thanksgiving holiday, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in New York. Some Thanksgiving travelers along the East Coast were heading out early because of a forecast calling for a nor'easter that will bring rain and snow. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Snow piles surround Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Workers clear snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Shelly Hathaway shovels the roof of her house with her dog Chief on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
People clear snow from a house on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man jogs along a snowy street on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Workers clear snow from the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Snowed out today at the stadium, the Bills are in Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Sen. Chuck Schumer talks with New York National Guard members on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The National Guard is helping Western New York as it continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A utility worker carries equipment past National Guard vehicles while working to retire power to a neighborhood on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Sen. Chuck Schumer, right, pours coffee for New York National Guard member Rapheal Ramos on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The National Guard is helping Western New York as it continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Sen. Chuck Schumer, right, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz talk with New York National Guard members on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The National Guard is helping Western New York as it continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Crews with heavy machinery remove snow outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Jonah Baldwin and Charlie Wieder take a break from shoveling off a roof on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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A worker watches as he flings snow off a roof in Orchard Park, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads is now a concern because roofs are collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Snow covers the seats and field at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" NFL football game against the New York Jets on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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Jake Sojka, left, and his father Gregory Sojka, pose with photos from past floods as they stand alongside their flooded home on Main Street after Ellicott Creek crested its banks Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Bowmansville, N.Y. Western New York has flooding from melting snow following last week's snowstorms. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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Shelly Hathaway shovels the roof of her house with her dog Chief on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man clears snow from a the roof of a house on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A dog walks in deep snow on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Western New York continues to dig out from the heavy snow dropped by this week by lake-effect snowstorms. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Members of the Bowmansville Fire Department use a tractor to remove a stranded vehicle along Ellicott Creek, which crested at flood stage Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Bowmansville, N.Y. Western New York has flooding from melting snow following last week's snowstorms. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
A truck negotiates its way through a flooded Stony Road, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Lancaster, N.Y. Western New York has localized flooding from melting snow following last week's snowstorms. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
BUFFALO, NY, UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: A residents work to remove snow from the roof on November 21, 2014 in Buffalo, New York as the death toll attributed to Buffalo snow rises to 13. A brutal blast of Arctic air triggered a lake-effect storm and snow in the states of New York, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick McPartland/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - First came the big storm, then the big dig. Now comes the big melt.

Residents of flood-prone areas around Buffalo should move valuables up from the basement, pack a bag and prepare for the possibility of evacuation as up to 7 feet of melting snow posed the threat of flooding, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Sunday.

"Err on the side of caution," Cuomo said at a news conference in Cheektowaga. "You prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and that's what we're doing."

Across the Buffalo region - where rising temperatures were expected to approach 60 degrees on Monday - people took that advice to heart.

In Hamburg, Pete Yeskoot bought a portable generator to make sure his sump pump will keep working once the roughly 80 inches of snow that fell on his property melts. Possessions are up on blocks in the basement and he has food for several days.

"Behind us is an 18-mile creek so everything in the village will come through us at some point, so we have to get ready for the possibility of flooding," he said. "And given all this snow, we have to expect that this is real."

Buffalo Residents Urged to Prepare for Flooding

Rain fell Sunday, with temperatures rising to 50. It was expected to be even warmer Monday, accompanied by more rain and rising winds, leading to the threat of toppled trees and power outages.

National Guard members spent Sunday clearing storm drains and culverts to facilitate runoff, and shoveling snow off roofs.

The National Weather Service said core samples of the deep snowpack showed it contained as much as 6 inches of water. Forecasters said some stretches of road in urban areas might become submerged under several feet of water if storm drains remained clogged.

The melt could first cause basements to fill up and roads to flood, but another concern was creeks overflowing. In West Seneca, there was already a sewer pump stationed near Michelle Pikula's house along the Buffalo Creek.

"Hopefully the rain won't be here until later and this will be a slow thaw, but flooding is our major, major concern here," she said.

Cuomo said evacuation plans and emergency shelters were being readied in case of flooding Sunday night and Monday. As a backup to Red Cross shelters, Cuomo said the state would have shelters at community colleges and state university campuses.

The state Thruway, which had been closed for 132 miles at the height of the lake-effect storm last week, was entirely open Sunday. All driving bans were lifted except in Lackawanna, where snow-removal crews worked to open up streets that had become parking lots with hundreds of abandoned, buried vehicles.

Most snow-affected school districts remained closed Monday, and at least four called off classes for the entire Thanksgiving week.

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Emergency crews in Elma respond to a first aid call as they navigate their way through the snow on Bowen Rd. in Elma, N.Y. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Rescue efforts have been hampered as a result of the epic snowfall. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Residents clear snow from a porch roof while leaning from a second-story window in the south Buffalo area on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man walks with a gas can along Como Park Blvd. in Lancaster, N.Y. as he looks at a minivan go by with snow on its roof, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Workers clear snow from the roof of Costanzo's Bakery on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Dump trucks wait to unload snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Heavy equipment moves snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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A bulldozer pushes snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Dump trucks wait to unload snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday, yet residents still couldn't breathe easy, as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A bulldozer pushes snow at the Central Terminal that was removed from south Buffalo neighborhoods after heavy lake-effect snowstorms on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. Up to seven feet of snow is reported to have fallen in some areas in the past week. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Annabella Hopkins peeks over a snowbank piled high at this intersection in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The corner of Borden Rd. and Woodside has been a staging ground for National News media outlets filing reports on storms that have dumped more than 5 feet of snow on western New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Sydney, a six year old Golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
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Firefighters from Cheektowaga and Depew carry a patient from from Garden Gate Health Care Facility to the Appletree Mall in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. About 180 patients from the facility were moved after officials questioned sustainability of the the roof from the snowfall. Roofs began to creak and collapse under the weight of excessive snow as another storm Thursday added to epic snowfall in western New York state. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
A front loader drives through a snowstorm along Union Road on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Tom Mudd clears snow from the roof of his house on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
State snowplows clear Union Road on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
Karen McRae clears snow from her driveway on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, and released by the New York National Guard, an airman with the New York Air National Guard shovels snow off the roof of the Eden Heights Assisted Living Facility in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/New York National Guard, Maj. Mark Frank)
Volunteer firefighters ride snowmobiles alone Clinton Street on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Tom Kitson of Ayr, Ont., with companions Dug and Champ, waits for a friend outside a convenient store on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A West Seneca Highway Department snowplow drives along a street on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Norbert Schnorr attempts to remove some of the five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Sydney, a six year old Golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Tami Normile and Richard Brooks attempt to remove some of the five feet of snow from a roof top on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Mike Ostrander tries to remove some of the five feet of snow from his roof on November 20, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Seven deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight and into Thursday. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
A man carries a shovel as he walks in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A man takes a break from shoveling in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A snow-bound truck blocks a street in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A woman walks along a snow-covered street in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Darrell Felker and son Trevor head to a service station for gasoline to fuel snowblowers on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Gerry Kliszak snowplows around his home on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
An all terrain vehicle drives along Union Road on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A police barrier prevents vehicles from entering Route 400 on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A Rite Aid store is covered in snow in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Maria Formholtz shovels her parking area in her south Buffalo neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A U.S. Postal vehicle is stuck in snow in a parking lot on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in West Seneca, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Brian Cintron walks in his snow-bound south Buffalo neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A New York National Guard vehicle loads snow into a dump truck while clearing streets in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Snow is piled high on a vehicle and on houses in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Snow is cleared from a street in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A snowmobile is forced to turn around on a snow-clogged street in the south Buffalo area on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Chris Weiglein walks along his snow-bound south Buffalo neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Drew Ahmed makes his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
Snowdrifts create a beautiful setting as a man tries to dig out his driveway on Bowen Rd in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A lake-effect snow storm dumped over five feet of snow in areas across Western New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area, bringing snow totals to over 100 inches, almost a years' worth of snow in three days. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Olivia Ahmed makes her way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Greg Mitri shovels his way through nearly five feet of snow on November 19, 2014 in the Lakeview neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The record setting Lake effect snowstorm dumped up to six feet of snow in less than 24 hours closing a one hundred mile section of The New York State Thruway as well as other major roads around Buffalo. Four deaths have already been attributed to the storm and a second round beginning late Wednesday evening will bring up to three more feet of snow overnight. (Photo by John Normile/Getty Images)
A National Guard vehicle carries snow from a snow-bound neighborhood in south Buffalo on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Brian Cintron walks in his snow-bound south Buffalo neighborhood on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Buffalo, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures affected travel, like this plane that negotiated its way through the snow at Buffalo Greater International Airport, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo answers a question from the media during a storm briefing at the Thruway Authority in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov.19, 2014. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another lake-effect storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Trucks remain stranded on the Thruway outside Buffalo http://t.co/bkoADs6eVB
Snowdrifts create a beautiful setting as a man tries to dig out his driveway on Bowen Rd in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A lake-effect snow storm dumped over five feet of snow in areas across Western New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area, bringing snow totals to over 100 inches, almost a years' worth of snow in three days. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)
A vehicle, with a large chunk of snow on its top, drives along Route 20 after digging out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
A CSX freight train plows its way past the Cemetery Rd. overpass in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A lake-effect snow storm dumped over five feet of snow in areas across Western New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area, bringing snow totals to over 100 inches, almost a years' worth of snow in three days. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Steve Corbett opens his window under snow drifts and greets his neighbor's dog Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, on Central Ave in Lancaster, N.Y. A lake-effect snow storm dumped over five feet of snow in areas across Western New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected s expected in the area, bringing snow totals to over 100 inches, almost a years' worth of snow in three days. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 19: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from the GOES-East satellite, infrared image shows icy cold Canadian air settles over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. bringing snow and bitter cold pictured at 12:30 UTC on November 19, 2014. The deep low pressure system is pushing polar air over the Eastern U.S. is centered over southeastern Canada. The storm has already dumped 5 feet of snow outside Buffalo, New York with more on the way. (Photo by NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)
Snow covers a street at daybreak Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
PHOTO: The inside of Ralph Wilson stadium under a thick blanket of snow and blowing drifts. http://t.co/7Hg3gFcOMI
Tractor trailers & cars stranded on I 90 highway. Snowmobiles checking for any remaining drivers. #BuffaloSnow #nywx http://t.co/275EtMUIiZ
Literally the snow is crashing through homes in Buffalo! @10weather @ABC @AriWeather @Ken_Brewer http://t.co/rzUl4GR5Qf
A New York State Snowgrader moves snow on Broadway in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
The longest interstate in the United States is at a standstill. Snowmobiles patrolling on i90. #BuffaloSnow #nywx http://t.co/woBTT2RSRK
A New York State snowblower removes snow on Broadway in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Cars with snow atop the roofs sit idle at this home on Broadway in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Art Hauret pauses after he measures the nearly four foot accumulation of snow in his driveway on Summerfield Drive in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)
Bob Wilcox clears the snow at the end of his driveway on Bowen Rd. in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. (AP photo/Gary Wiepert)
Lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures affected travel, like this plane that negotiated its way through the snow at Buffalo Greater International Airport, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Map shows the total snow forecasted for the week across northern New York.; 2c x 5 inches; 96.3 mm x 127 mm;
A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Buffalo Police cruiser gets stuck at 1200 Clinton and then bursts into flames. Cops unhurt. #WGRZsnow @WGRZ http://t.co/GwPCPEy2nj
WOW! Around 5 feet of snow closing down Interstate 90 near Buffalo, New York. Photo: NY State Police. #Snow #NYwx http://t.co/h5zTAd3MyA
Photo from Caitlin Battaglia who is stuck on the Thruway near Lackawanna tolls. http://t.co/RVcJCi7q1b
Day two on the NYS thruway. #stranded #snowbound http://t.co/vbwPsXFG71
Take a look at what Troopers were up against earlier today on the NYS Thruway. http://t.co/lm8NGOe99y
A 4-foot fence and SUV are nearly buried along a street in Buffalo, N.Y. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area. The Thruway Authority said white-out conditions caused by wind gusts of more than 30 mph forced the closure of Interstate 90 in both directions from the Rochester area to Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles southwest of Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
Uh. Wow. Alden, NY. Posted by Shannon L Roetzer to @Wgrz FB page. #LakeEffect http://t.co/odyCcxFTcL
Recent storm tracks (fresh snowfall) & more cold air (cloud streets) over Great Lakes today via #MODIS #GreatLakes http://t.co/2upmIfoLn5
Lake-effect snow storm with freezing temperatures affected travel, like this plane that negotiated its way through the snow at Buffalo Greater International Airport, in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Temperatures fell to freezing or below at recording stations in all 50 states on Tuesday morning, from the highest elevations in the mountains of Hawaii to the snow-paralyzed Buffalo area in New York. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Heavy snow forecast for areas of the Great Lakes region. GOES East imagery from 9:45 am EST. http://t.co/tTvWqcmpGG http://t.co/HBC4DuYTId
'I've lost my house!': Crazy photos show New York state buried by snow http://t.co/kz4EdILbhs via @mashable http://t.co/ncAyUxhGjc
Kids and dogs enjoy the snow in Orchard Park. http://t.co/3fU4oVPxYH
@HeatherLyWGRZ shoulder deep here lancaster elma border http://t.co/0GBwtC6Xge
How would you like to open your front door and see this? East Lancaster, NY… Photo from Tara Schwab #nywx http://t.co/tzkaBcVNJp
West Seneca, NY is literally snowed in today. http://t.co/aGy9iNWunw #BuffaloSnow http://t.co/Q1lMkskP6N
The #Buffalo, NY area is in the midst of a truly insane lake effect snow storm. http://t.co/aGy9iNWunw #BuffaloSnow http://t.co/Zacgr8mfGV
Snow day #2 tomorrow? http://t.co/LoJzJPCP5V
35 floors up, looking south across lake. Wall of lake effect snow. http://t.co/280RUY8raj
#WGRZsnow http://t.co/Me7Hvv5vTt
#WGRZsnow Here in Cheektowaga right by John F Kennedy High School! http://t.co/qnfZapRhS5
Genuinely concerned about our safety now, can't see anything! http://t.co/3zGLwVHYoy
A commuter walks along Market Street in freezing temperatures Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says parts of northwestern Pennsylvania are bracing for nearly 2 feet of snow as arctic air continues to produce lake-effect conditions. A lake-effect snow warning remains in effect for northwest Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and parts of western New York through 7 a.m. Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A house is obscured by wind-blown, lake-effect snow on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area. The Thruway Authority said white-out conditions caused by wind gusts of more than 30 mph forced the closure of Interstate 90 in both directions from the Rochester area to Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles southwest of Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)
A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, on Tuesday as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area and forced the closure of a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
A bicycle messenger chains his bike to a snow-covered parking meter in downtown Cleveland Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Though the official start of winter is still more than a month away, parts of northeast Ohio were slammed with up to 12 inches of snow, and the National Weather Service says as much as 4 additional inches of lake effect snow could fall in portions of northeast Ohio through early Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Heavy snow covers the street on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y., Parts of New York are measuring the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Thompson)

A snow wall creeps towards Buffalo in this photo posted by WBEN NewsRadio:

Lake effect from above! Thanks to one of our listeners, Brett Kostrzewski for sending this shot from a plane over the lake effect line just south of Buffalo. Gives you an appreciation of sunshine in one spot and blizzard-like conditions in others. Which side of the line are you on?

Commuters walk along Market Street in freezing temperatures Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Philadelphia. The National Weather Service says parts of northwestern Pennsylvania are bracing for nearly 2 feet of snow as arctic air continues to produce lake-effect conditions. A lake-effect snow warning remains in effect for northwest Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio and parts of western New York through 7 a.m. Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Heavy snow covers the street on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y., Parts of New York are measuring the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Thompson)
Heavy snow covers the street on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y., Parts of New York are measuring the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as nearly 3 feet blanketed the Buffalo area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway. The National Weather Service says a foot to almost 3 feet of snow has fallen on areas south and east of the city. (AP Photo/ Carolyn Thompson)
This is a wall of snow coming off the lake into #Buffalo #Snow #Weather
Snow Day! #lackawanna @wgrz #weather http://t.co/IgcCQAsFFJ
Buried alive!!! ❄️⛄️❄️⛄️❄️⛄️ guess I'll work from home. Gotta love #Buffalosnow #SNovember http://t.co/z0HIMlyNj4
More photos from the core of lake effect snow band south of Buffalo, NY @FoxMariaMolina @foxandfriends http://t.co/eH94h4G1ik
Good morning from Buffalo. That's a 6ft fence under that snow. Been stuck here for 26hrs now and no sign of moving soon. Also, a new snow front come through later... #tourlife #buffalo #snow #hothandroll
That poor women has been stuck in her car for nearly 24 hours and help has just now arrived
Neighbors band together for a supply run on groceries and gas to help them dig out after a massive snow fall in Lancaster, N.Y. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
Truckers sit and wait in their tractor trailers for the New York State Thruway to reopen Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at an entrance ramp in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A lake-effect snow storm dumped over five feet of snow in areas across Western New York. Another two to three feet of snow is expected in the area, bringing snow totals to over 100 inches, almost a years' worth of snow in three days. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)
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