Western New Yorkers woke up to snow-covered roads Friday morning. But the lake snows eased up overnight and the National Weather Service canceled its Lake Effect Snow Advisory for Niagara, Orleans and Monroe Counties.
The rush hour commute could be a slow go this evening. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Mitchell says a band of moderate to heavy snow is expected to sweep through the region, making roads slick and reducing visibilities.
A winter storm packed a punch across the Western New York region dumping up to a foot of snow in some areas. But the National Weather Service canceled a Winter Storm Warning for all of Western New York.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany counties for Friday and Saturday. A winter weather advisory is posted for northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties.
Local skiers and snowboarders have received good news.
In light of the dearth of measurable snow around most of the region, Holiday Valley announced its winter season opening on Saturday. The resort has been making snow to provide what Mother Nature has not. Access to the hills is limited with only four slopes and three lifts open at the moment.
Visitors to the resort will also have the amenities of a new lodge to enjoy.
The City of Buffalo is equipped and ready for the snow. That was the message delivered this morning by mayor Byron Brown and public works commissioner Steve Stepniak at the Broadway barn, where officials conducted their annual inspection of the city's snow-cleaning vehicles.
Stepniak says every plow and salter hitting the streets this winter will be equipped with global positioning system equipment so crews back at the base can track the trucks' progress.