The storm hovers over areas south of Buffalo after coming off Lake Erie. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

The back-to-back lake-effect storms of November 2014 disrupted many lives for more than a week. Six and 7 feet of snow made plows as useful as Yugos, turned second floors into first stories and stranded people in cars and diners.

Western New Yorkers responded with generosity. A Springville man took his tractor and spent four days plowing out residents. A McDonald’s night manager took in stranded travelers and fed them for days. And in South Buffalo, with the roads to Mercy Hospital impassable, firefighters and nurses delivered a baby in a firehouse.


Purchase "Wall of Snow," a hardcover book chronicling the historic snowstorm.


Here is a look back at the snowstorms that hit a large swath of Western New York.

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Bill Graves rides his bike at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park during a reprieve of the November 2014 lake-effect storm. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

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