Some parts of the US could receive nine inches of snow today, a sign of how the winter blizzard that has been causing havoc across North America isn’t over.
At least 57 people died in the US storm, while four more were killed in Canada when a bus was struck by icy roads in British Columbia.
The US saw 28 deaths, with most occurring in New York’s Erie County. This is where Buffalo, the country’s main city, has been hardest hit.
According to police, there were only two instances of looting in the storm.
President Joe Biden authorized federal support for New York State, where tens of thousand of people were left without power during the storm.
Mark Poloncarz, Erie County executive, described the blizzard in the following words: “This storm is not over yet.”
He stated that some people were left stranded in cars for over two days and emergency services struggled to reach the most in need.
Kathy Hochul, New York Governor, stated that snowmobile owners were needed to help.
She called Monday’s storm “one of the ages”, adding, “One for the ages” and that the storm and another snowstorm just over one month ago had brought nearly as much snow to the region as they would expect throughout the winter.
Many vehicles were buried beneath snow by people who had abandoned their cars to seek warmth and safety.
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New York State’s deep-freeze conditions make it difficult to live on the roads
It is likely that there will be more victims as the snow melts. Many of the deaths were caused by people who became stuck in their cars and froze.
Some victims were killed while shoveling snow, others died when ambulances couldn’t reach them in time for medical emergencies.
Many Buffalo shops are closed, and many people have been warned not to travel. Some resort to social media to plead for food donations and other household necessities.
Some relief is in sight however with Ashton Robinson Cook, a meteorologist at the US National Weather Service, predicting that temperatures will gradually rise later in the week.
According to FlightAware tracking site, nearly 4,000 flights were cancelled Monday and almost 70,000 homes remained without power.