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What was the worst blizzard in Buffalo, N.Y.?
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  1. It took only one really bad storm in 1977 to earn Buffalo, N.Y., its reputation as blizzard capital of the U.S. Before the Buffalo Blizzard of 1977, several feet of fallen snow from an unusually cold and snowy winter already lay packed on the ground, and a frozen, snow-covered Lake Erie provided even more snow to blow around.

    When a modest snowfall combined with strong winds averaging 45 miles per hour (72.4 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 75 miles per hour (120.7 kilometers per hour), the blizzard created blocked roads and no visibility. The storm also brought intense cold -- the temperature dropped 20 degrees in a few hours -- and the severity of the storm stranded people, killing 29 in the region.

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