PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – A lake-effect snow storm continues to batter cities along Lake Erie.

Buffalo has gotten more than five feet of snow since the beginning of the week. And the storm is now officially named “Winter Storm Knife” for the way it cut through the area.

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As they try to clear the mounds of snow, more continues to fall.

At least five people have died and another storm is expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more.

The storm came in so fast and furious it trapped more than 100 vehicles on a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York that remained closed Wednesday.

Erie County 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.

At least three people from the Pittsburgh area are stranded in the storm.

Tony Moffa, a 19-year veteran with Beitler Trucking in Esplen, has been trapped in one spot since 3 a.m. Tuesday.

“It got heavier, heavier and heavier and then there was an accident. A couple cars got tangled up ahead of us and from that point, a Trooper got stuck, a tow truck got stuck and it just started coming down in blankets,” Moffa said.

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Moffa said he has food and water in his truck.

However, others aren’t as lucky.

Bryce Foreback from Chicora has been trapped on Interstate 90 for more than 24 hours.

“It seemed like a nightmare. It just didn’t feel like it was going to end,” Foreback told The Associated Press by cellphone. “I haven’t slept in like 30 hours and I’m just waiting to get out of here.”

Foreback had become stuck in a long line of cars near the Lackawanna toll booths just south of Buffalo about 10:30 Monday night.

The situation there is dire.

Most cars are low on gas and cell phones are almost dead.

The National Guard has been brought in to help stranded drivers. More than 100 miles of thruway is closed.

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