Sadly, the death toll from the blizzard has more than doubled over the past 24 hours.


Speaking during a storm briefing onSunday evening, Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed that 12 people have died in WNY due to the blizzard.


Yesterday, three people had been reported deceased. Today, Sunday, December 25, 2022, ABC 7 reports that 7 people have died. While details about each of the victims of the storm aren't known at the moment, Mark Poloncarz, the Erie County Executive, confirmed the three fatalities on Twitter.
















We unfortunately can confirm four additional fatalities, bringing our confirmed fatalities to seven.








My deepest condolences to the families and friends who have lost someone.








— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) December 25, 2022
















During a storm briefing Poloncarz said the death toll may continue to rise,








There may be more. I don’t want to say this is going to be it, because that would be fallacy for me to say that. Because we know there are people stuck in cars for more than two days. And there are people in homes that are below-freezing now temperatures.








Two deaths in Cheektowaga were separate medical emergencies. Unfortunately, first responders were not able to reach the people in time. In Niagara County, a Lockport man died today from carbon monoxide poisoning, according to WGRZ. This death may not be included in the 7, since it was in a different county. With heavy snow accumulation, it's imperative to clear the outside furnace vent of snow to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.















According to a GoFundMe page, the man who was found deceased at Bailey and Kensington has been identified, as Romello.












This is the gentleman found deceased on Kensington in Buffalo earlier by the kids (not sharing video) Please consider sharing🙏 ERIE COUNTY WNY PLEASE STAY HOME #WinterStorm2022 #Snowmageddon #BombCyclone#Christmas#ChristmasEve#ChristmasCarol#storm — Ashley from 4th grade (@PhD_OnTheCouch) December 24, 2022















8 of the Most Deadly Blizzards And Snowstorms to Hit New York State [Videos]




Great Blizzard of ’88




March 11 through 14, 1888








Considered one of the worst storms to hit New York, the Great Blizzard of '88 dumped record amounts of snow on New York. The Gravesend area of Brooklyn got 52 inches, Saratoga Springs got 58 inches, Albany got 48 inches and 22 inches were recorded in New York City. This storm inspired NY to move much of its infrastructure underground. The damage was estimated at $25 million, which is about $720 million today. There were 400 fatalities caused by the storm.












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The Blizzard of 1947 "The Big Snow"




December 25 through 27, 1947




This storm was a Category 3 in the northeast. Transportation in New York City was disrupted for more than a week. There were 77 fatalities reported due to the storm. It surpassed the snowfall of the Blizzard of 1888.








Central Park reported 26.4 inches in just 24 hrs and the southeastern part of the state and northern New Jersey reported as much as 32 inches of snow. This storm was New York City’s greatest snowfall until it was finally surpassed in 2006. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration




















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The Blizzard of '66




January 28 through February 1, 1966








The hardest hit areas were where “lake- effect” combined with the storm to produce record snowfall accumulations. The eastern and southern shores of Lake Ontario felt the brunt of the storm with accumulations ranging from 39 inches in Syracuse up to 100 inches next to the lake. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration








Eight and a half feet of snow fell in some areas in New York near Syracuse. Schools closed for about a week, roads were impassable and food was scarce. The storm caused 142 fatalities.












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The Post Christmas Storm of 1969




December 25 through 29, 1969








This storm spared the eastern seaboard where heavy snow changed over to rain greatly reducing the snow accumulations. But for more inland locations, like western and northern New York, this is one of the biggest storms on record. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration








According to Wikipedia, snowfall in Albany was 26.4 inches and in Binghamton it was 21.9 inches. The nor'easter caused about half of the New York State Thruway to close for 27 hours. There were 20 deaths in New York and New England due to the storm.








Superstorm of 1993 (Storm of the Century)




March 12 through 15, 1993








The storm affected over 100 million people across 26 states in U.S. and caused approximately $2 billion in damages. A total of 318 people died in the storm.








In Syracuse, NY, 35.4 inches fell in 24 hours setting the all time 24hour snowfall record. The storm is attributed with the largest interruption of air travel due to weather in the United States. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration












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The Blizzard of 1996




January 6 through 9, 1996








This storm was a Cat 5 in three regions; the Southeast, the Ohio Valley, and the Northeast. It is one of the worst storms ever witnessed in the urban corridor and rivals the Superstorm of 93 for its crippling snowfall. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration








Central Park in New York City recorded a record snowfall of 20.2 inches. The storm's snowfall forced NYC schools to close due to snow for the first time in 18 years.












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Valentines Day Blizzard




February 11 through 16, 2007








The Valentines Day Blizzard caused 37 casualties and caused $50 million in damages.








Maine and Pennsylvania were forced to declare states of emergency and the governor of New York called the National Guard in to assist with snow removal. In the Northeast the storm spared the urban corridor but more interior regions including the Appalachians and the Adirondacks felt the brunt of the storm. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration












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The Category 3 storm caused a total of about $500 million in damage. It impacted several areas in New York, including Oswego County, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. A total of 37 people died across the U.S. and Canada due to the storm.








The Post Christmas Storm of 2010




December 24 through 28, 2010








The storm, a Category 2 in the northeast, caused six states to declare a state of emergency. Central Park in NYC recorded 20 inches of snowfall, the sixth highest on record at the time. The snow was so bad in areas of the city, the snowplows attempting to clear it got stuck. Many mass transportation passengers on buses and trains were stranded for hours. The storm caused $60 million in damages and killed 7 people.








Eastern New Jersey and New York City took the brunt of the storm where over 20 inches fell in many locations. The snow became such a problem for New York City that the roads were impassable for many days bringing the trash collection service to a grinding halt. It would take weeks after the storm for New York City's waste management team to finally restore normal trash collection. ~ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration












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