At least 3 deaths blamed on storm in western NY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — At least three deaths are being blamed on the winter storm that has dropped more than 20 inches of snow on parts of western New York, accompanied by subzero wind chills.

Authorities said Thursday a homeless man found frozen in a suburban Buffalo bus shelter may have been a fourth storm victim but an autopsy was needed to confirm his cause of death.

Two Buffalo-area men died clearing snow and a man died in Livingston County when his vehicle hit a snowdrift and crashed early Thursday.

The victims’ names and other details haven’t been released.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says one of the men who died clearing snow was shoveling and the other was operating a snowblower.

Buffalo schools will be closed for a third day Friday.

Associated Press

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