5th death attributed to New York snow

A house is obscured by wind-blown, lake-effect snow on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Buffalo, N.Y. Parts of New York measured the season's first big snowfall in feet, rather than inches, as 3 feet of lake-effect snow blanketed the Buffalo area. The Thruway Authority said white-out conditions caused by wind gusts of more than 30 mph forced the closure of Interstate 90 in both directions from the Rochester area to Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border 60 miles southwest of Buffalo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say a fifth death is being attributed to an unrelenting lake-effect snowstorm that has blanketed parts of western New York.

Erie County authorities said Wednesday that a 46-year-old man has been found dead in his vehicle, which was buried in snow in Alden, 24 miles east of Buffalo.

On Tuesday, county officials said four people had died, including three from heart attacks and one who was pinned beneath a car he was trying to free from the snow. Two of the heart attack victims were believed to be stricken while shoveling snow.

More than 5 feet of snow fell in parts of Buffalo and officials say the totals could top 6 feet by later Wednesday.


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