Parts of the United States could see nine inches of fresh snow today, a sign that the winter blizzard causing chaos in North America is not over yet.

The storm claimed at least 55 lives in the United States, and four more people were killed in Canada after a bus overturned on icy roads in British Columbia.

In the United States, 28 of the deaths have been in New York state, most in Erie County, where the main city of Buffalo has been hard hit.

President Joe Biden has authorized federal support for New York State, with tens of thousands without power in the storm.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz described the blizzard as “probably the worst storm of our lifetimes,” warning, “It’s not the end yet.”

He said some people had been stuck in their cars for more than two days as emergency services battled bad weather to reach those in need of help.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said over the weekend that many of the state’s ambulances and fire trucks were themselves stuck in snow, and Buffalo police issued an online appeal for that snowmobile owners help them.

On Monday, she called the storm “one for the ages”, adding that it and another big snowstorm just over a month ago had brought almost as much snow as the region would expect for the whole Winter.

People who had left their cars in search of warmth and safety were now trying to find them again, with many vehicles buried in snow.

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Christian Parker of Buffalo, NY exits his car in the Elmwood Village neighborhood of Buffalo, NY on Monday, December 26, 2022, after a massive snowstorm blanketed the city.  In addition to drifts and travel bans, many streets were impassable due to abandoned vehicles.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
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And more victims are expected to be found as the snow clears – many of the deaths already confirmed were people who froze while trapped in their vehicles.

Some victims died while shoveling snow and some died because ambulances could not reach them in time to respond to medical emergencies.

Many stores in Buffalo are closed and people have been told not to travel, leaving some to resort to social media appeals for donations of food and other household essentials.

Some relief is in sight, however, with US National Weather Service meteorologist Ashton Robinson Cook saying temperatures will slowly start to rise later this week.

On Monday, nearly 4,000 flights were canceled, according to tracking site FlightAware, and nearly 70,000 homes and businesses were left without power.

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