Nearly 90 accidents have been reported and nearly 290 people were rescued from the roads, Hochul said.
“We have some passenger vehicles that have been abandoned,” he said. “They are being addressed, but the scale is nowhere near what we’ve seen with storms in the past.”
The roof of a former bowling alley in Hamburg collapsed under the weight of the snow, it added.
State police issued more than 390 tickets, many of which were for truck trailer drivers, for travel ban violations, Hochul said.
Three feet of snow had fallen at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where many flights were canceled on Saturday. Buffalo, New York’s second-largest city, was again under a travel ban on Saturday morning.
“This has been a very unpredictable storm with bands of snow moving back and forth, north to south,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown told CNN. “The snow has fallen very fast, very wet, very heavy.”
Buffalo saw a record daily snowfall of more than 16 inches, surpassing the one-day record of 7.6 inches (19 centimeters) recorded in 2014, the National Weather Service said Saturday.
At least two deaths were reported on Friday. Poloncarz said in a tweet that two residents died of apparent heart attacks while shoveling snow.
County officials warned people to stay off the roads to stay away from snow removal crews. Poloncarz said some communities could see driving bans lifted later Saturday night.
Illustrating the highly localized nature of lake-effect snow, accumulation levels varied widely across the region. Still, 11 counties remained under an emergency declaration issued Thursday by Hochul.
The US National Weather Service is forecasting lake-effect snow will dump up to 14 inches in Chautaqua and Cattaraugus counties Saturday night through Sunday. Snow bands are forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to Oswego and Lewis counties beginning Sunday morning.
After a northward shift that will affect Niagara County, the Buffalo area should brace for more snowfall Saturday night, according to Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth.
“Eventually it’s going to swing down through the county, sweeping all the way back,” he said.