Buffalo, New York buried in snow!

A band of lake-effect snow clouds over Lake Erie descend on Buffalo, NY, USA, 18 Nov 2014 (AP)

A band of lake-effect snow clouds over Lake Erie descend on Buffalo, NY, USA, 18 Nov 2014 (AP)

The lake-effect snowstorm began early Tuesday in the Buffalo area of western New York State and by the time the snow stops falling by Thursday about 250 cm (8 feet) will have accumulated – an entire winter’s worth in a few days.

The snow coming from winds off Lake Erie shut down a major interstate highway stranding over 100 vehicles which forced rescuers to use snowmobiles to save drivers stranded in deep drifts.

Lake-effect snow is also piling up along the Great Lakes in western Michigan and Georgian Bay in central Ontario.

Unseasonably cold air continues to grip the Midwestern and Eastern United States with lows of -10 C in Charlotte, North Carolina, -6 C in New York City and even -3 C in Jacksonville, Florida.

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