Commute expected to be slow as crews prepare for evening snowfall

Jan 12, 2016

Motorists can look forward to a slow afternoon commute home, with another winter blast coming in.

A Lake-Effect Snow Warning is in effect for Northern Erie and Niagara counties until 10 p.m. Tuesday and until 10 p.m. Wednesday for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties and until 4 a.m. Thursday for Southern Erie and Wyoming counties. Genesee and Orleans counties are under a Lake Effect Snow Advisory until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

An already snowy week will continue to see significant snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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Metro Buffalo and the northern counties of Western New York are forecast to receive 1 to 3 inches of accumulation Tuesday night. Area south of the city can expect between 3 and 7 inches.

Buffalo Public Works Commissioner Steven Stepniak says city crews and drivers already dealt with whiteout conditions earlier Tuesday afternoon.

"You need extra time to get to where you're going. Slow down," urged Stepniak, speakign at a City Hall news briefing.

Stepniak says his crews are working 12 hours on and 12 hours off and there are more than 30 pieces of equipment on the streets, concentrating on school zones and main streets initially. He says crews are being forced to adapt.

"We've had conditions changing hourly, so being able to adapt and modify what you're doing on the street is important," he said.

Stepniak says the increasingly computerized and satellite-controlled force is doing a good job plowing.

More snow is on the way Wednesday. The city and its surrounding areas could see 1 to 2 inches, while the Southtowns and Southern Tier might receive another 3 to 7 inches of new accumulation.