Every Western New Yorker has a story from the back-to-back lake-effect snowstorms of November 2014 that killed 13, knocked out power to thousands and dumped 7 feet of snow on the region. Because of the way the storm sliced through the area like a knife – snow was dumped on the Southtowns while the Northtowns got a dusting – many deemed it the "wall of snow." Take a look back at our coverage from 2014, when News reporters and photographers braved the elements to document the storm.

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It’s hard to visualize what a difference 4 feet of snow can make in a landscape when you’re not there to see it with your own eyes. That’s why Buffalo News photographers returned, six months after 2014’s epic snowstorm, to the scenes of some of their most memorable images, and recreated

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Two years ago this week, parts of Western New York were buried with a life-threatening seven feet of snow, while other places got a few inches or none at all. The News asked readers on Facebook to share stories and photos of the November 2014 storms. Conor Deubell of South Buffalo: The attached file is a picture of me, my

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The double lake-effect storms of November 2014 left up to seven feet of snow in the hardest-hit areas. Here readers share their photos of the epic storm. What are your November storm of 2014 memories? If you’d like to share a photo and story, email qliu@buffnews.com.

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Not even the most grizzled blizzard veteran could have imagined what the next six days had in store as back-to-back devastating – but discriminating – lake-effect storms paralyzed a portion of the

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From the 28th-floor observation deck at Buffalo City Hall late Tuesday morning, the view told the story of the fickleness of lake-effect snow. Looking south, the clouds above Lake Erie were shades of gray and moving swiftly at an angle, like a curtain being drawn. As those clouds moved ashore, that curtain stretched toward the east, obscuring the landscape.

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More snowfall hit Hamburg overnight as the accumulation from the “Knife” storm continued in the village. Here is a look at it from a walk through some downtown

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Patty Widmer promised herself that she wouldn’t smoke in her new car. But Widmer can be forgiven for breaking that vow Tuesday, especially since her car became her home as she rode out the storm in a gas station parking lot. Widmer, 61, left her production job at ITT Enidine in Orchard Park shortly after her shift ended around

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Five people have died as a result of the snowstorm. Three succumbed, apparently from heart problems, two while shoveling deep snow. Another was killed while attempting to push car out of a drift. A fifth was found dead in vehicle buried in

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Heavy snow brought down the roof at a former Rosa’s superstore early today in Cheektowaga, damaging one of the warehouses for a Christmas retailer’s Internet operation at its busiest time of the year. The roof collapse at the warehouse for Dave Gordon’s christmascentral.com business also resulted in a natural gas leak that led a neighboring health care facility about

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The Guard is here and already out on the streets. Just 12 hours after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced their deployment, 150 National Guard members were on the job this morning starting to battle the several feet of lake effect snow. They arrived with 10 dump trucks, eight front end loaders, seven Bobcats and five Humvees. Their job is

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As Western New York tried to dig out before more snow arrives, residents and roofs begin to feel the weight of the bad

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Narendra Gill was shoveling out his tractor-trailer when a stranger walked up out of the blue Wednesday and asked if he needed anything. Gill said no, he just wanted to get his truck back on the road. When the stranger persisted, Gill, who’s from Toronto, acknowledged he didn’t know who the visitor was. “I’m New York’s No. 1 trucker,” said

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From Alden to West Seneca, plow crews plugged away at the piles of snow Wednesday, but the abandoned cars that littered the roads slowed their progress. Town officials expressed frustration with motorists who ignored driving bans and ended up stuck in a road. “People don’t understand the driving ban,” said Dan Amatura, the Lancaster town highway superintendent. “You would

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For three days, parts of Buffalo were paralyzed by heavy snow. Across the county, driving bans were implemented. There was even an overnight walking ban in South Buffalo, beginning Thursday night and ending Friday morning. Now, with a big melt and anticipated flooding ahead, Western New Yorkers rush to shovel themselves of their snow-covered abodes.

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The storm has spawned many stories of misery and frustration these past two days. But it has also spawned many stories of perseverance, amazement, kindness and ingenuity. Here’s a look at some of them as storm-weary residents spent Wednesday recovering and brace for what today will bring. Oh, baby Baby Lucy arrived Tuesday evening happy and healthy, at 6

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By midafternoon Wednesday, a gray twilight fell upon the Cheektowaga-Lancaster border as storm clouds began to drop more snow in a neighborhood walloped perhaps the hardest by the colossal late-autumn snowstorm. “Here comes Round Two,” said a weary 21-year-old Muki Huzejrovic of Losson Road. He paused from shoveling his parents’ driveway and pointed a frustrated finger at the dark

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Betty Borchert in Orchard Park is doing crossword puzzles and playing solitaire. Nikki Jajkowski of Buffalo, with the television continuously tuned to the weather, is nervously monitoring her furnace vents and roof. Leona Lackie, when she’s not outside her Cheektowaga home with a shovel, is inside texting, calling and surfing the Internet. Mary Velasquez of Buffalo is trying every

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That glimpse of sunlight didn’t last long as the snow returned with a fury Thursday. So the list of challenges facing residents, first responders and municipal highway workers got longer: collapsed roofs, power outages, food and prescriptions running low, and snow drifts too big for plows. And everyone’s tired. “We need an army,” Hamburg Highway Superintendent Tom Best Sr.

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While Trish Ambrose was outside with her neighbors clearing driveways and cutting paths to doorways, her Twitter photo of the shared effort was going around the world. “We just saw it was posted in Germany and Finland,” Ambrose said Friday afternoon when she came inside to warm up with some soup. “It’s been fun figuring out all the different

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Michelle Pikula is still digging out from the two storms in three days that dumped six feet of snow in her front yard. But on Friday, the West Seneca woman seemed more concerned about the danger that lurks behind her house. “Buffalo Creek is right in our backyard,” Pikula said. Like many West Seneca residents, Pikula faces a double

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Nine Hamburg Gaming employees have had plenty of time to bond since Monday, when the lake-effect storm blew in and left them stuck at work for four days. The gaming facility at the Erie County Fairgrounds, operated by Delaware North, closes at 4 a.m., but by 1 a.m. Tuesday they called in plows to make sure the final two

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A 3-year-old leukemia patient who needed a platelet transfusion was flown Thursday night from Jamestown to Buffalo’s Women & Children’s Hospital after the snowstorm prevented her family from driving here. Kallie Swan was taken to the hospital by Wings Flights of Hope, according to Unyts, the primary supplier of blood products to Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center and

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Five days into the historic lake effect storm that many are calling Snowvember, tales of compassion, humor and selflessness continue to spread through the community. A half million people were directly affected by the storm. A half million neighbors watch, knowing that just a slight shift in the wind made them victims too. Here are some the many storm

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Workers removed snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Nov. 23. The Bills game originally scheduled to take place at home against the New York Jets had to be moved to Detroit on because of the unplayable

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One by one, they came to the makeshift tow yard in West Seneca, looking for cars abandoned on the Thruway during the lake effect storm last week. Among them was Chloe Cicero of Kenmore, who spent the past five nights sleeping on a cot in Orchard Park Presbyterian Church after whiteout conditions forced her to leave her car on

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The pictures were remarkable. A wall of snow across Lake Erie. A lone person carving a path through a sea of deep snow. And again and again, pictures of families and neighbors and strangers helping each other. The back-to-back lake-effect storms of November 2014 – the storms were too serious and deadly for cutesy names like Snowvember – disrupted

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Eight miles. That’s how far this reporter made it on his 22-mile quest to break through the bluish-gray curtain that was the “Wall of Snow” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. As the News’ environment reporter and unofficial newsroom “weather boy,” this was Superbowl Tuesday. I had to make it to work. Waiting at home all morning for a break

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Sprawled across five acres near the Central Terminal is the closest thing Buffalo has to a glacier, born from 11,000 truckloads of snow dumped here when the city dug its way out of the November

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Lessons of time – and how some of the things it brings can only be dealt with, never erased. Lessons of grief, as families remember loved ones who were taken so suddenly, in such startling

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Ellen Przepasniak has worked at The Buffalo News since 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from SUNY Fredonia and a master's in print journalism from Boston University.