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New York Dealing With Massive Snow; Storm Looming

A driver climbs a snowbank to get to a gas station in Lancaster, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways. (Gary Wiepert/AP)
A driver climbs a snowbank to get to a gas station in Lancaster, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming.

Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard as more than 5 feet fell in parts of the city by Wednesday morning. Some areas were expected to get 6 feet by the storm’s end Wednesday afternoon. A second storm was due Wednesday night.

The storm was blamed for six deaths in New York, including three from heart attacks.

A 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York remained closed as authorities continue their efforts to rescue motorists stranded on a Buffalo-area section of the highway. Officials with the Thruway Authority and state police did not provide information on how many people remained stranded.

Mark Poloncarz, chief executive of New York’s Erie County, told Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd that some side streets won’t be plowed “for a number of days.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article.

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