The massive winter
storm continued to batter much of the United States taking the death toll to 37
nationwide. Regions in western New York are buried under up to 43 inches of
snow. The festive weekend was impacted due to large power outages and vehicles
being stuck in the snow.
Residents have stayed
in their homes for the last 56 hours. Some remained without power in the
glacial cold. This was caused not due to lack of resources but rather by
mobility and access challenges to utility companies, New York Governor Kathy
Hochul said in a press conference.
94.5% of Erie County
and 87% of Buffalo residents have had their power restored as of Sunday
evening, the governor added. Hundreds of National Guard troops have been deployed to help
with rescue efforts in New York. State police had been involved in over 500
rescues by Sunday, including delivering a baby and helping a man with 4% left
on his mechanical heart, the governor said.
The National Weather
Service predicted snowfall and frigid cold temperatures in Buffalo on Monday. Over
10 million people, mainly Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Mobile,
Montgomery and Birmingham were marked under freeze alerts.
The snowstorm also
halted traffic in the country with over 5,000 flights cancelled on Friday, over
3,400 on Saturday, and over 3,100 cancelled on Christmas Day.
death reports have been seen since the weather turned. The warnings remain in
effect for Buffalo, Jamestown and Watertown and will lapse in the following couple
Jamestown had been
warned for another 8 inches of snow, Buffalo for 14 inches and Watertown could
see another 3 feet. Winds could also roar up to 40 mph.
Lake-effect snow will
continue to impact travel conditions for the next couple of days which is
expected to improve slowly over the week. The rest of the eastern part of the
United States will continue to be in deep freezing conditions on Monday
followed by a moderating trend on Tuesday, the forecasts showed.