Snowy Weather

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Traffic was nearly at gridlock along many of the main streets metro Buffalo Thursday morning.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says what are normally shorter commute times took much longer for motorists.

Winter Weather is finally on the way, but the approaching storm will not greatly effect the traditional snow belt areas. The lake effect snow watch which takes effect tonight applies to Erie, Niagara, Wyoming and Genesee Counties. Dave Thomas is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Cheektowaga said the metro-region will be particularly hard-hit, with the most intense snow arriving with the morning commute. "When we are heading to work tomorrow we could have snow fall rates of of an inch per hour and very poor visibility along with the snow covered roads.

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A major early season snow storm has hit parts of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southern New England.    

Heavy, wet snow has blanketed areas of the northeast, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands of homes.  There are also delays at some airports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo active New York’s State’s Emergency Operations Center as the early-season winter storm moves into parts of New York.   About 1.1 million homes in the northeast are without power. 

In New York State the Governor’s office says 261,338 are without power.