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Deadly Buffalo blizzard traps people inside a Target for two days | USA TODAY

Drivers were trapped inside a Buffalo area Target for two days as the blizzard swept through.

RELATED: Buffalo hit with several feet of snow; residents prepare to dig out

The blizzard was predicted and proved to be a once-in-a-generation event. Buffalo hasn’t suffered a storm this lethal since at least 1950. Reed Timmer, a veteran meteorologist and storm chaser, described it as “the worst blizzard I have ever covered.”

The storm’s devastation was in part the result of its fierce combination of snow, wind and cold temperatures. Also, freezing conditions escalated quickly.

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