national_weather_111914Temperatures in all 50 states plunged to the freezing point or below Tuesday as a ferocious storm dumped piles of snow on upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways. Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard Tuesday as more than 4 feet fell in parts of the city. Authorities said snow totals by Wednesday afternoon could top 6 feet in the hardest-hit areas south of Buffalo, with another storm expected Thursday. From Hawaii to the Carolinas, Americans shivered as racing winds and icy roads caused accidents, school closings and delays in municipal operations from the Midwest to the South even where snowfall was low or mercifully absent. More