ABOVE: Incredible drone footage of Buffalo during massive snowstorm
TORONTO – A storm of epic proportions that hammered much of western New York has finally ended Friday but, a new threat looms as rain and warmer temperatures are expected through the weekend.
More than 30 roof collapses have been reported Friday in the hardest hit areas where almost eight feet of snow fell in three days.
Homeowners and store employees around the region climbed onto roofs Thursday to shovel off the snow and reduce the danger.
The storms were blamed for at least 12 deaths in western New York, mostly from heart attacks and exposure.
“No matter how you cut it, this event will end up in the top five for the Lake Erie area,” Louis Uccellini, Director of the National Weather Service, told The Associated Press.
Even for Buffalo, a place that typically shrugs at snow, this was a stunning snowfall – the kind of onslaught folks will be telling their grandchildren about.
Many took to social media to share photos of winter’s wrath.
Here’s a look:
WATCH: Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell is on the ground in upstate New York, where record snow fall has paralyzed communities and brought highways to a standstill.
–with a file from The Associated Press.
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