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(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — New York’s National Guard was deployed to Buffalo after a massive snowstorm on Tuesday.

In the past 15 hours, communities in the area have been covered with three to four feet of snow, according to ABC News’ Buffalo affiliate WKBW.

In some places, snow has been falling at a rate of 4 to 5 inches every hour, a phenomenon known as lake effect snow — when moisture-rich air blowing off the Great Lakes dumps precipitation when it reaches land.

Buffalo residents said this is the worst storm in recent memory.

And the storm shows little signs of easing. A snow advisory has been issued for the rest of the week. The area is forecast to get 70 inches of snow.

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