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Drone captures blizzardy video of Buffalo snow storm

James Grimaldi lives in West Seneca, N.Y. — one of the hardest hit cities in this week’s epic lake effect snow event. West Seneca accumulated as much as 57 inches of snow as of Wednesday morning. Their neighbors in Cheektowaga, N.Y., just a couple miles away, racked up as much as 65 inches.

Grimaldi flew his drone out in the storm on Tuesday, when the snow was coming down at a rate of up to four inches per hour. As the garage door opens, you can see that at least two feet of the white stuff had already accumulated in Grimaldi’s neighborhood.

Bracing for more: Buffalo expecting another two to three feet by Friday

He also got some footage on Wednesday morning, after the first wave of snow had ended. The mood in the neighborhood appears to be jovial, but the trees are sagging with the weight of the snow.

Areas around Buffalo, N.Y., including West Seneca, are in a lake effect snow warning yet again starting Wednesday night. The National Weather Service is forecasting another two feet in Erie County, which includes the city of Buffalo. However, larger amounts could fall if a particularly heavy lake effect snow band sets up. It is likely that the heaviest snow will once again fall in the areas south of Buffalo.