Erie County Executive Mark Polonkarz has put the official death toll at 46, although it could rise in the coming days, he warned.
18 of the deceased were found in the snow and 4 inside their vehicles, detailed Polonkarz adding that 4 others died due to incidents with shoveling or snow blowing, 12 due to hypothermia over lack of electrical service for heating and one drowning.
The County Executive also said that 26 were men and 20 were women and of the total, 35 died in the city of Buffalo itself and another 11 perished in the suburbs.
Of the 46 total Blizzard deaths: 20 were White, 25 Black and 1 Hispanic. Finally, 3 more cases are still to be finalized by the Medical Examiner's Office pending toxicology reports to confirm the manner of death. I offer my deepest condolences to all who lost a loved one. 4/4