2 meter snowstorm covers New York | Photos and videos

A 2 meter snowstorm covered the western part of the state of New York and led the local authorities arfurther restrict road travel and forced the airlines to cancel flights in the Buffalo area just before the busy Thanksgiving holiday week.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul called in the National Guard and deployed about 70 members to help with snow removal in hard-hit parts of Erie County.

The storms began blowing in from Lake Erie and Lake Ontario on Thursday to produce the region’s first major snowstorm of the season, more than a month before the onset of winter.

According to the National Weather Service, the conditions could persist into Monday morning.

Almost three feet of snow had fallen at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where many flights were canceled on Saturday.

“This has been a very unpredictable storm with bands of snow moving back and forth, from north to south,” he told CNN Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. “The snow has fallen very fast, very wet, very heavy.”

buffalo saw record daily snowfall of more than half a meteror surpassing the record for a day of nearly 20 centimeters set in 2014, the National Weather Service said Saturday.

At least two deaths were reported on Friday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a tweet that two residents died of apparent heart attacks while shoveling snow.

County officials warned people to stay off the roads to stay away from snow removal equipment.

The US National Weather Service is forecasting lake-effect snow will dump up to 14 inches in Chautaqua and Cattaraugus counties Saturday night through Sunday. Snow bands are forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to Oswego and Lewis counties beginning Sunday morning.

After a northward shift that will affect Niagara County, the Buffalo area should brace for more snowfall Saturday night, according to Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth.

“Eventually it’s going to come back down the county, sweeping all the way,” he said. (Reuters)