Power Outages Linger, But Winter Storm Warning Lifted for Erie, Chau. & Catt. Co.

Overnight Snow Clogs Area Roads, Closes Schools

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UPDATE:  10:30 AM: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties have been removed from the Winter Weather Warning that was in effect for all of Western New York

 

 

The National Weather Service says additional snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected Friday, adding to a heavy wet snowfall that is already on area roadways.

The effects are numerous, and extend far beyond what is already a very slow and snowy  commute Friday morning.

  • The heavy snow has brought down tree and power lines across the region, especially in the Southtowns, where approx. 15,00 customers are without power. CHECK RESTORATION PROGRESS HERE for National Grid | NYSEG
  • Dozens of schools have closed, including some of the region's largest districts of Buffalo. Amherst, Williamsville and West Seneca. The University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and Niagara University have all cancelled classes.  READ THE ENTIRE CLOSINGS LIST HERE
  • At least 21  flights at  Buffalo Niagara International Airport have been cancelled with several others nationwide CHECK THE LATEST HERE
  •  Niagara Falls, Cattaraugus County, Eden and Salamanca all have travel advisories urging no unnecessary travel. Niagara Falls's expires at 7 pm

The forecast calls for the snow to continue falling until midday, bringing storm totals to more than a foot in many areas.  Even before the morning drive was done, Buffalo entered the record books Friday morning with the largest snowfall recorded for a March 2, with 8.4 inches at the National Weather Service's office at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The old record of 6.5 inches was set in 1914.

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