Snow buries parts of New York, US feels chill

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A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in parts of all 50 states fell to near freezing or below — including Hawaii.

Cold weather enveloped the entire country Tuesday, leading to record-low temperatures more familiar to January than November. Racing winds and icy roads caused accidents, school closings, and delays in municipal operations from the Midwest to the South — even where snowfall was low or absent.

Officials said a 46-year-old man was discovered early Wednesday in his car, which was in a ditch and buried in snow in the town of Alden, 24 miles east of Buffalo. It was unclear how he died.

On Tuesday, county officials said four people had died, including three from heart attacks and one who was pinned beneath a car he was trying to free from the snow. Two of the heart attack victims were believed to be stricken while shoveling snow.

The storm was blamed for at least seven deaths in New York, New Hampshire and Michigan.

This story is compiled with information with the Associated Press.