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Heather Ahmed digs after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the Buffalo, New York area on Saturday.

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Heather Ahmed digs after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the Buffalo, New York area on Saturday.

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Residents of western New York are digging after a huge winter storm passed through the region, dropping more than 6 feet of snow in some areas.

The city of Buffalo set a daily snowfall record, with 16.1 inches Saturday morning. The previous record was 7.6 inches.

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Zaria Black, 24, of Buffalo, clears her car as snow falls Friday, November 18, 2022, in Buffalo, NY

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Zaria Black, 24, of Buffalo, clears her car as snow falls Friday, November 18, 2022, in Buffalo, NY

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The National Weather Service tweeted Sunday morning that “the heavy snow is (finally) over in the Buffalo metro area, but there will be some blowing snow today.” NPR member station WBFO reports that some winter weather advisories remain in place until 10 p.m. ET.

The NWS said the heaviest lake effect snows will roll out of Lake Ontario through Sunday evening, with snowfall rates of 3 inches per hour.

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Abandoned trucks block the lanes along Route 20 after an intense lake-effect snowstorm hit the area Saturday in Hamburg, New York.

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On Saturday, Governor Kathy Hochul called the storm “one for the record books.” She said the state would submit a request for an emergency declaration to get support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

There were 88 car crashes reported as of Saturday afternoon, and only 280 people needed rescue as most complied with the travel bans put in place, Hochul said.

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A National Guard loader clears a road after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area Saturday in Hamburg, New York.

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She also thanked everyone who “rolled up their sleeves” to help, calling Western New Yorkers resilient.

Hochul said that through effective planning, “we were able to avoid many tragedies.”

“It was your Super Bowl and I want to tell you that you won,” she said.

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Denis Marszalkowski uses a snow blower to dig after an intense lake effect snowstorm hits western New York.

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The region’s last major snowfall occurred eight years ago, when another lake-effect storm dropped more than five feet of snow.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has led an effort to fix what he says went wrong during that 2014 storm, when road clearing efforts were blocked by abandoned cars . He said the travel bans put in place this time around made the cleanup easier.

“We’re there, just 48 hours since the snow started, with the biggest snowfall ever recorded in New York State’s history in a 24-hour period, and we’re lifting travel bans. starting at midnight, and we look very good so that we can hopefully lift more travel bans by the end of tomorrow,” Poloncarz said on Saturday evening.

Here’s what it looks like around Buffalo and parts of Western New York after the massive snowstorm.

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New cars are shown buried under snow after an intense lake effect snowstorm hit the area on Saturday in Hamburg, New York.

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Robert Skimin uses an ATV to dig after a heavy snowstorm.

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Robert Skimin uses an ATV to dig after a heavy snowstorm.

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Ragnor, a Norwegian elkhound, plays in the snow Friday in Hamburg, New York.

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Ragnor, a Norwegian elkhound, plays in the snow Friday in Hamburg, New York.

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A person crosses Ellicott Street as snow falls on Friday, November 18 in Buffalo.

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A person crosses Ellicott Street as snow falls on Friday, November 18 in Buffalo.

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This message contains reports of WBFO, WRVOby Ava Pukatch and the Associated Press.

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