Photos: Snowmageddon buries western New York

A 4-foot fence and SUV are nearly buried
A 4-foot tall fence and SUV are nearly buried in Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday. (Carolyn Thompson / AP)

Driven by the lake effect, a ferocious storm dumped up to 60 inches of snow, killing at least five people and paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.

The snowstorm is the first of the season and centered on the Buffalo area. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 10 counties, including Erie County.

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  • Cars with snow atop the roofs.
    Snow sits atop car roofs outside a home in Lancaster, N.Y., on Wednesday. (Gary Wiepert / AP)
  • Bob Wilcox
    Bob Wilcox clears snow at the end of his driveway in Lancaster, N.Y., on Wednesday. (Gary Wiepert / AP)
  • A band of storm clouds
    A band of storm clouds moves across Lake Erie and into Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday. (Gary Wiepert / AP)
  • An airplane negotiates its way
    A plane negotiates its path at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Tuesday. (Gary Wiepert / AP)
  • A house is obscured.
    A house is obscured by blowing snow on Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y. (Carolyn Thompson / AP)
  • Snow covers a street at daybreak.
    Snow covered a street in south Buffalo, N.Y., on Wednesday. (Carolyn Thompson / AP)
  • Snow accumulation
    At right, snow blocks Bonnie the dog's exit at Patrick Bryne's south Buffalo, N.Y., home. At left, Art Hauret pauses after measuring nearly 4 feet of snow in his driveway in Lancaster, N.Y. (Patrick Bryne (left) and Gary Wiepert (right) / AP)
  • A New York state snowgrader moves snow.
    A New York state snowgrader clears snow in Lancaster, N.Y., on Wednesday. (Gary Wiepert / AP)