Buffalo Braces For Crippling Lake-effect Snow Through Saturday

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BUFFALO, NY (Newsource) – Heavy, lake-effect snow is covering areas surrounding the Great Lakes on Friday. As a potentially historic storm settles over western New York. 

When all is said and done, the storm is expected to dump more than four feet over the next three days. 

“This is not your normal snow fall in the city of Buffalo or in the region, this is a snow storm with potentially deadly consequences,” explains Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. 

Areas east of Lakes Erie and Ontario could see as much as three inches of snowfall per hour, accompanied with lightning and strong winds. 

Commercial traffic has been banned on portions of several major interstates, including I-90, as of Thursday night because of poor visibility.  

Even with the warnings, some residents don’t seem too alarmed. 

“We live in Buffalo, it’s expected,” explained one woman.  

However, authorities are urging people not to get complacent. 

“Our biggest enemy here for the next 48-72 hours is a lack of common sense,” says Daniel J. Neaverth, Jr., the Commissioner of the Erie County Dept. of Emergency Services. 

Hundreds of snow plows, generators and thousands of utility workers, and tons of salt are all on standby as communities hunker down for a potentially long and cold weekend. 

“My kids are cooking this year. So I’m going to stack the freezer with the children’s food,” said another resident when asked about the storm. 


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