What we know so far:
- At least 13 people have died in the massive snowfall.
- The two rounds of lake effect snow dumped nearly eight feet on the Buffalo region.
- The snowfall is mostly over as of Friday, but temperatures will increase. The next challenge will be flooding over the weekend and into Tuesday.
- The Bills-Jets game scheduled for Sunday in Buffalo was moved to Detroit on Monday evening at 7 p.m.
A flood warning remained in effect for Western New York through Monday afternoon as snow melted and ice dammed up waterways.
Residents near creeks were warned to move belongings out of their basements as waters threatened to rise. Residents of more urban areas were also warned that storm drains clogged with snow could push several feet of water onto streets.
The National Weather Service also forecasted strong winds on Monday that could bring down power lines.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents to be prepared as New York remained in a limited state of emergency.
Tickets for the rescheduled Bills vs. Jets game, now being played in Detroit due to the Buffalo stadium still being buried in snow, will be free.
Tickets for the original, cancelled game will be honored, and new tickets will be free. From the Detroit Free Press:
Free ticket offers are being distributed via email to Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions season-ticket members today. The method of delivery will be Flash Seats, the Lions' digital-entry ticketing system.
Flash Seats allows fans to enter with a digital ID such as a credit card or driver's license as well as with the Flash Seats mobile app. More information regarding Flash Seats is available at detroitlions.com.
The public will have an opportunity for free tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at detroitlions.com.
Tickets also will be available at the Ford Field box office between 10 a.m.-3 p.m Sunday and beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.
The Buffalo Bills used snowmobiles to get players from their homes to Ralph Wilson Stadium, where they'll catch a bus to the airport. On Thursday, the NFL announced Sunday's Jets–Bills game will take place in Detroit on Monday.
Earlier Friday, the Bills posted a number for fans who had tickets to Sunday's game to get information about refunds. Unfortunately, the number posted was posted with one incorrect digit, and redirected to a domestic violence crisis center.
The death toll has reached 13
According to CNN:
At least 13 people have died in connection with the snowfall, (Erie County, New York, Executive Mark Poloncarz) said Friday. The latest to be counted was a 50-year-old man whose body was found in a vehicle in Cheektowaga, New York, he said.
Authorities later identified the man as David M. Deneke.
The next hazardous condition for the Buffalo region will be flooding, the National Weather Service said
There will be light snow through Friday, the NWS said.
But come Saturday afternoon, temperatures will be above freezing – and will stay that way for days, bringing on a flood warning. Sunday will be around 50 degrees, and Monday around 60, the NWS said, and there will be rain until monday.
That will lead to "significant" and "widespread" flooding, the NWS said.
Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets was moved to Ford Field Detroit on Monday at 7 p.m.
The New York Times reported:
While Ford Field could have been used on Sunday, the league chose to move the game to 7 p.m. Monday so that the Bills, who have been unable to practice this week, could have more time to prepare.
"The Lions' practice facility will be available to the Bills on Friday, and moving the game to Monday night will enable the Bills to practice on Friday and Saturday and have their walk-through on Sunday," the N.F.L. spokesman Michael Signora said.
The league said that details on tickets and other game-day information would be announced later.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Thursday that more than 400 vehicles have been towed.
The travel ban in South Buffalo is even stricter and will be enforced, Brown said. South Buffalo is closed to pedestrians and vehicles from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
He also said that emergency services can deliver vital medications to stranded residents.
Residents of upstate New York are bracing for more extreme weather. Higher temperatures and rain are predicted this weekend, which may cause flooding and create heavier loads on snow-covered roofs that will absorb the rain, according to officials.
More than a dozen buildings and garages collapsed under the weight of the snow Thursday, Bellevue Fire Department Lt. Timothy Roma said.
A metal warehouse operated by a Christmas decorations company also collapsed because of the heavy snowfall. Damage was estimated in the millions, Roma said.
About 180 residents of a nursing home in Cheektowaga were evacuated.
Cuomo visited the Garden Gate Health Care Facility early Thursday with state fire officials to inspect the building and found some beams weakened under the heavy load of snow.
At a strip mall adjacent to the nursing home, the weight of the snow caused a roof to buckle and partially collapse. No injuries were reported.
More than 50 people were evacuated from mobile home parks in Cheektowaga and West Seneca because roofs were buckling.
An abandoned Doritos truck in South Buffalo was seen being robbed, according to several people who documented the incident on Twitter and Facebook.
"Just some people casually robbing the doritos truck on seneca street. How typical," Angela Oestereich wrote on Facebook along with several images of people stealing chips:
The storm's death toll rose to 10 on Thursday, the Buffalo News reported, after two people died of exposure.
In the hardest hit areas, roofs had collapsed and officials were evaluating the load of snow on a senior home.
The Buffalo Sabres announced they would postpone their game and said their thoughts were with area residents.
The Buffalo Bills said their game would be moved, and an announcement of a new location was expected Thursday night.
The latest report from the National Weather Service says snow is expected to continue falling into Friday before weakening on Friday night.
But the agency is also warning of flooding once the snow starts to melt this weekend:
The Weather Service says warmer bands of air are expected to move into the Eastern U.S. over the weekend, with temperatures rising well above freezing. All that warm air "has the potential for a very rapid melt of the very heavy snowfall."
"Rapid melt of this snow could cause flooding of the streams and creeks in the metro Buffalo area and areas to the south where the greatest snow has fallen," the Weather Service warned.
Buffalo's four-legged residents are relishing the few chances they're having to go outside. Here are some pictures of dogs exploring in the snow:
This time-lapse video from Joseph DeBenedictis and Jason Holler shows the "wall of snow" arriving in Buffalo on Tuesday.
And here's a clip from Joseph taken today:
Here's the scene at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Bills are scheduled to play the Jets this Sunday.
Workers are beginning the massive effort to clear several feet of snow that has enveloped the stadium.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said this morning that holding the game will be impractical given people are being urged to stay off the roads. But the ultimate decision rests with the NFL.
The Bills cancelled training for a second consecutive day on Thursday, ESPN reported.
This morning Bills' guard Kraig Urbik said he was one of many Buffalo residents still waiting for their street to be plowed.
Another foot of snow hit the Buffalo area on Thursday as the lake effect continued to wreak havoc on Upstate New York. Before the day is out, forecasters fear another three feet of snow.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a news conference in Buffalo that the snow-clearing effort is "the largest of its kind ever."
"Help got here yesterday, more help is on the way," Cuomo said, highlighting the "tremendous progress" local authorities have made in clearing roads.
"We're in a much better position than we were yesterday, but we're still not home," he said. "There are still more chapters in this story until it's done."
The governor noted that no one has been killed or seriously hurt on the roads as a result of the storm, describing this as a "tribute" to the "extraordinary work" done by police.
But Cuomo also expressed sympathy with people who had been stuck in their cars for many hours on thruways before being rescued. Speaking of husbands and wives stranded in vehicles for 12 hours, the governor said: "I don't care how good your marriage is. That's a long time to be in a car with your spouse."
He implored people to stay off the roads in the coming days. "It is important motorists heed that there is a driving ban for a reason," he said. "Stay in your home, pretty, pretty please."
Cuomo also expressed some doubt that a planned NFL match between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets would go ahead in Buffalo this Sunday. "My two cents is it's impractical to have the game because it jeopardizes public safety," he said.
Cuomo visited stranded truckers on interstate I-190 to make sure they were OK, while surveying the area in West Seneca near Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday.
Here Cuomo checks on a trucker stuck in the show on the thruway between Walden Avenue and Ridge Road in Cheektowaga, New York:
State officials say the thruway will stay closed in the Buffalo area for the duration of the storm, which is expected to bring several more feet of snow through Thursday.
A man climbs on his roof to clear snow in the town of Cheektowaga near Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday.
A snow-topped truck is seen in the town of Cheektowaga:
Homes in the town of West Seneca near Buffalo, New York, are covered in snow:
Ralph Wilson Stadium, an outdoor football stadium, in Orchard Park, New York, is covered in snow.
Automobiles parked at a car dealership in Orchard Park are submerged in snow:
A resident of the town Depew, New York, is seen shoveling a path from their home.
An abandoned car marked by orange cones is pictured buried under snow in Buffalo:
Steve Corbett opens his window under snow drifts and greets his neighbor's dog Wednesday on Central Avenue, in Lancaster, New York.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz confirmed that a sixth person has died in Alden, NBC affiliate WGRZ reported.
The sixth death was confirmed during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Local officials also said that the National Guard has been deployed to the area, and that the State Department of Transportation is sending 160 plows and 350 workers to help keep Buffalo safe.
Deputy County Executive Rich Tobe said that Buffalo could see up to 100 inches of snow by Sunday, which is the amount of snowfall the city typically sees throughout the entire winter.
The New York State Department of Transportation are keeping the thruway, Route 400, and 219 closed through Thursday.
"This is a historic event." —New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
"Mother Nature is showing us who's boss again," Cuomo said at a press briefing in Cheektowaga.
He said it was going to be a multi-day effort to combat the massive snowstorm in Western New York.
Hundreds of equipment from across the state and from neighboring states have been brought in.
Hundreds of National Guard troops have been deployed to assist local and county officials and more are being brought in, Cuomo said.
Officials warned that more severe snow is expected tonight.
"This is and extraordinarily difficult situation," Cuomo said. "It's going to get worse before it gets better."
The governor warned that there could be potential flooding after the warming begins.
He asked citizens for their cooperation in the efforts. "When we say, stay at home, really stay at home," Cuomo said.
The Buffalo Bills are offering $10 an hour and game tickets to people who help clear snow from the stadium.
Christine Bloom works to clear snow off her vehicle to try and make it to work in Hamburg, New York.
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said the city has "a long way to go."
"People will probably not be seeing plowing because there's no place to plow the snow right now," Brown told WBEN, adding that dump trucks have to "pick it up and haul it out."
The new snow on Wednesday is "definitely hampering efforts," he said.
In terms of the National Guard, the "major thing we need from the National Guard is high lifts so we can continue to haul the snow." Buffalo has one and needs more, he said.
None of the five deaths in the region occurred in Buffalo, he added.
Preparations for Sunday's Buffalo Bills game at Ralph Wilson Park are well underway. The NFL will decide if the game should go on:
Erie County officials are asking motorists to stay off the road and are tracking the progress of plows around the region:
Officials said a fifth victim of the snow, a 46-year-old man, was found dead. His car was in 12 to 15 feet of snow.
UPDATE: Authorities later identified the man as Donald J. Abate.