Buffalo Blizzard

December 26, 2022
snow falling on the ground

This is a once-in-a-lifetime, generational blizzard.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on a devastating winter storm, that has led to at least 50 deaths nationwide – the death toll is expected to rise.

Why It Matters: The historic winter storm system has led to deaths in at least 12 states, according to a tally kept by NBC News, impacting communities nationwide over the Christmas holiday.

Perspective:

  • "In total, about 60% of the U.S. population faced some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, with temperatures plummeting drastically below normal in many areas." (USA Today) .
  • "The storm knocked out power in communities from Maine to Seattle." (AP)
  • "Stretching from the Great Lakes near Canada to the Rio Grande along the Mexican border, the storm had killed at least 57 people as of Monday morning, according to an NBC News tally. The deaths were recorded in 12 states: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin." (NBC)

Context:

The bulk of the reported deaths (28) have occurred in Erie County. The blizzard in Buffalo, New York has been compared to the worst ever in the region. Snow is expected to continue to fall in Erie County (that encompasses Buffalo); Forecasters predict warmer temperatures later this week but not before the storm strengthens again Monday – Tuesday.

More Voices: "Melissa Carrick, a doula, said the blizzard forced her to coach a pregnant client through childbirth by telephone. An ambulance crew transported the woman to a hospital about 45 minutes south of Buffalo because none of the closer hospitals were reachable. In any other normal Buffalo storm? I would just go because that’s what you do – just drive through the snow,” she said. “But you knew this was different.” (AP)

Death toll in historic winter storm hits 50; Buffalo, NY, preps for more snow in worst blizzard in 4 decades: What we know

by Jenna Lee,

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