The Daily Weather Update from FOX Weather: Travel chaos ensues while death toll rises from historic blizzard

Start your day with the latest weather news – deadly blizzard paralyzes western New York, passengers stranded after thousands of flights were canceled and wet weather is coming to the West.

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Death toll rises in western New York

A deadly blizzard has crippled western New York, and the death toll continues to rise. As of Tuesday morning, at least 27 have been killed when feet of snow covered Erie County over the Christmas holiday weekend.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced Monday evening that President Biden had approved a request for a federal emergency declaration.

More than 5-6 feet of snow effectively buried roads and homes in Erie County, including Watertown, Hamburg and Buffalo, New York.

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Thousands of flights canceled as airlines recover from blizzard

More than 3,800 flights were canceled Monday as airlines work to recover from a deadly Christmas blizzard. Southwest Airlines held a majority of those cancellations, with more than 2,800 flights canceled.

"As the storm continued to sweep across the country, it continued to impact many of our larger stations and so the cancellations just compiled one after another — to 100 (flights), to 150, to 1,000," said Jay McVay, with Southwest Airlines.

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Atmospheric river bringing wet weather to the West

An atmospheric river continues to bring rain to parts of the West, including Washington, Oregon and California and will overspread much of the region with wet weather on Tuesday. Several inches of rain are possible throughout Tuesday.

The National Weather Service is also warning of localized flash flooding throughout central California on Tuesday as the storm system moved further inland, and potential for high winds Tuesday afternoon along the Washington and Oregon coast spreading into the Seattle and Puget Sound region. 

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