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This Insane Time-Lapse Video Shows Snow Blanketing Buffalo

By Wednesday, more than six feet of snow had fallen

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for several counties in the Buffalo area as a severe winter storm brought more than three feet of snow. By Wednesday, more than six feet — six feet! — of snow had fallen in certain areas.

The above time-lapse video, recorded Tuesday, shows the lake-effect storm creeping over the surface of Lake Erie and into the city.

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More Snow Expected in Buffalo’s Deadly Winter Storm

Almost 76 inches of snow fell in the suburbs in southern Buffalo

An intense band of deadly winter weather that brought more than six feet of snow to parts of New York state was due to briefly ease up Wednesday morning before slamming the area with a second round of powder later in the day. The snow was accompanied by a system that brought sub-zero temperatures overnight to all 50 states. However, the icy blanket was expected to subside by Friday with normal November temperatures returning for much of the nation.

Almost 76 inches of snow fell in the suburbs in southern Buffalo, according to The National Weather Service

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The Great Blizzard of 1947: Photos of New York, Buried in White

Recalling the historic blizzard of 1947 with photos that ran in LIFE, and many other pictures that were never published in the magazine

Something about snowstorms brings out the kid in most of us. Memories of those blessed, almost always unexpected reprieves from the drudgery of school — “Snow day!” — undoubtedly plays a part in the collective excitement, and whether it’s in a vast metropolis or a remote, small town, the prospect of a blizzard elicits something nearly primal in those in the storm’s path.

There’s concern, for sure — about our families, our neighbors, our power and heat, our ability to get out and about once the snow stops falling. But for a good number of us, there’s something more: something like pure, primal excitement.

In December 1947, a huge, historic storm dumped record levels of snow on the northeastern United States. In New York City, where the snow fell quietly, and steadily, for hours and hours, several LIFE photographers stepped out of the magazine’s offices, cameras in hand, and recorded the scene. Here, we remember the Great Blizzard of 1947 with some photos that ran in LIFE, and many others that were never published in the magazine.

As LIFE put it to its readers in its Jan. 5, 1948, issue:

At 3:20 in the morning it began to snow in New York City. By the time most New Yorkers were going to work the blanket lay three inches deep. But the city, used to ignoring all natural phenomena and reassured by a weather forecast of “occasional flurries,” went about its business. But as the day wore on this characteristic blasé attitude vanished. The air grew filled with snowflakes so huge and thick it was almost impossible to see across the street. They fell without letup — all morning, all afternoon and into the night.

Long after night fall the illuminated news sign of the New York Times flashed an announcement to little groups of people huddled in Times Square that the snowfall, which totaled an amazing 25.8 inches in less than 24 hours, had beaten the record of the city’s historic blizzard of 1880. A faint, muffled shout of triumph went up from the victims.

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State of Emergency Declared as Buffalo Pounded by Snowstorm

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A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 18, 2014 Gary Wiepert—AP

Four people have died from the storm

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for several counties in and around Buffalo, where a severe winter storm has already covered parts of the region in over three feet of snow.

The National Guard will be deployed to the affected communities to residents dig out, according a statement on the New York State governor’s website. Forecasters are predicting the snowy conditions could last through the week.

“This storm may persist until Friday morning with the potential for another two feet of snow,” Cuomo said in the statement. “New Yorkers in these areas should exercise extreme caution, and stay off the roads until conditions are clearer and safer.”

Four people have died due to the storm so far, including three from heart attacks and one who was fatally pinned while pushing a car out of snow, ABC News’ Buffalo affiliate WKBW reported. Meanwhile, hundreds of cars remain stranded on roads as temperatures plummeted across the nation — all 50 states experienced freezing temperatures Tuesday.

Snow levels are forecasted to reach over six feet in some parts of Western New York areas, while other spots have experienced snowfall rates of 4 to 5 inches an hour. The massive snowstorm is a result of what’s called the “lake effect,” in which moisture over the Great Lakes freezes into snow and blows onto land. The lake effect also results in a strange phenomenon where areas as close as a few minutes of driving from snow-pounded towns have almost no snow at all.

The snow storm is expected to continue through at least Thursday, reaching parts of central New York, before dissipating. It may even break Buffalo’s all-time record of 82 inches of snow falling over five days in 2001, according to Buffalo News.

Read next: More Snow Expected in Buffalo’s Deadly Winter Storm

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These Photos From Buffalo’s Snowstorm Will Make You Want to Stay Inside Until Spring

Winter isn't just coming — it's here. Buffalo, NY experienced its first big snow storm of the year, seeing upwards of 5 ft. of snow. Just how bad is it? Check out these photos pulled primarily from Twitter and Instagram of the storm.

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All 50 States Face Deep Freeze

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Lynette Johnson moves snow in front of her Mill Street home in Springville, NY on Nov. 17, 2014. Harry Scull Jr.—AP

5 feet of snow forecast near Buffalo

All 50 states will see freezing temperatures on Tuesday, with millions of Americans facing another bitter blast of unseasonably cold air. Up to five feet of snow was possible south of Buffalo, New York, due to an “historic but highly localized lake effect snow event,” according to NBC News meteorologist Bill Karins.

An arctic blast has socked the nation for days, causing at least 17 deaths since Saturday. While last week’s freeze focused on the Rockies and the Plains, the Midwest, Northeast and South shivered overnight. By 2:25 a.m. ET, Buffalo and Erie, Pennsylvania, had been buried under around two feet of snow.

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Road Salt Prices Skyrocket After Last Winter’s Snowstorms

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Salt is unloaded at the Scio Township, Mich. maintenance yard on Sept. 16, 2014. Some Midwest county road officials are facing price increases that are three times what they paid last year. Carlos Osorio—AP

Prices have risen by up to three times since earlier this year

Last winter’s severe snowstorms triggered road salt shortages around the U.S., pinching supplies and forcing some transportation departments to stock up early. The result: road salt costs have doubled, and even tripled in some parts of the country, thanks to increased demand by states hoping to keep the roads clear.

From Minnesota to New York, states have had to pay premium prices for road salt this year. In Michigan, prices up are up 50%. In Indiana, they’re up almost 60%. In Missouri, some local transportation departments are reporting prices that have doubled. St. Louis, for example, is paying $112 a ton, up from $49 last year.

“Several severe winters are forcing prices upward,” says Todd Matheson, a spokesman for the department of transportation in Wisconsin, where more than four feet of snow fell in some places last week.

Wisconsin normally goes through about 500,000 tons of salt a year. But because of the potential for a repeat of last winter’s severe weather, this year the state has 564,000 tons on hand with 141,000 tons as an option to purchase. Costs are up statewide 14% compared with this time last year, averaging $69 a ton, Matheson says.

Ohio, which got unexpectedly hit with by storms over the weekend, triggering snow emergencies across the central part of the state, paid $105 a ton for a portion of the 600,000 tons of salt it currently has on hand. On average, the state paid $57 a ton compared with $38 last year.

Even with the rising prices, most states are not reporting road salt shortages. The New Jersey Department of Transportation is currently at 100% capacity (164,000 tons) and is in the process of adding 20,000 tons of storage space set to be available this winter. It can also store 716,000 gallons of liquid calcium and 150,000 gallons of brine, which is often applied to roads before a storm hits to help keep snow and ice from sticking.

One state that is running below average is Pennsylvania. The state has in store 90% of the average amount it uses during a winter, says Richard Kirkpatrick, a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesperson. The average is 841,000 tons, and last year the state went through 1.2 million tons. But this year it only has 694,000 tons on hand with another 65,000 on order. And the long-range forecast? Above normal snowfall for much of the state.

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See 11 of the Worst Winter Storms in U.S. History

Winter is coming, and it's going to be rough. See what the worst of this year's chilly weather could look like, as visualized by the 10 of the worst snow storms in U.S. history

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New Icy Blast to Bring Freezing Temperatures, Snow

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Jack Timmer uses a snow blower to remove snow from the Sailors Stadium before the Mona Shores High School football game in Norton Shores, Mich. on Nov. 14, 2014. Andraya Croft—The Muskegon Chronicle/AP

Storms spreading from Midwest to New York

An icy blast that claimed at least six lives over the weekend was set to issue a second punch Monday and plunge large areas of the East, Midwest and South into a unseasonable freeze. Commuters in parts of the Midwest faced a “treacherous commute” on Monday after the deadly storm tore through their area. Forecasters said a new temperature drop later in the day would be accompanied by up to three feet of lake effect snow around the Great Lakes over the next two days, with the heaviest dump coming from Cleveland, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York.

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Winter Storm Brings 4 Feet of Snow to Wisconsin

Hamlet of Gile got 48.3 inches in two days alone

A winter storm locking the U.S. in an unseasonable freeze has buried parts of Wisconsin in more than four feet of snow, meteorologists said Friday.

The hamlet of Gile, which is located near the Michigan state line, has been walloped with a rare 48.3 inches in the past two days alone. “There were some pretty high totals up there but this area in particular is certainly an anomaly,” said Michael Palmer, lead forecaster at The Weather Channel. “It’s amazing. It’s just amazing how much has come so fast,” Gile resident Peg Sutherland told the St. Paul Pioneer Press

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