Massive storm moves into Buffalo, western NY, several feet of snow expected
Snow is expected to continue to fall all weekend in Buffalo and surrounding areas, which already received up to 2 feet of snow in some areas Friday, according to WKBW, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo.
WKBW said that Friday afternoon Erie county officials declared a state of emergency for Erie County, the City of Buffalo, the City of Lackawanna and a number of towns and villages.
WKBW is closely tracking the storm and its impact on residents and providing live updates online.
While the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was not closed Friday, the majority of flights, both arrivals and departures, were cancelled according to the airport website.
Also ahead of the storm, the NFL announced it would relocate the Buffalo Bills’ home game against the Cleveland Browns to Detroit on Sunday.
The switch in sites means the Bills will play back-to-back games in Detroit, as they are scheduled to play the Lions on Thanksgiving.
On Friday, the Bills provided these photos of the snow accumulation at the stadium.
On Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency for parts of western New York ahead of a dangerous storm that could dump several feet of snow on some communities on the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
The worst snowfall was expected in Buffalo, where the National Weather Service said up to 4 feet might fall in some spots through Sunday, with periods of near-zero visibility. Other areas could get a foot or less of the lake-effect snow, which is caused by frigid air picking up copious amounts of moisture from the warmer lakes.
Hochul’s state of emergency covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90 after 4 p.m. Thursday.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a driving ban beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday, shortly after heavy snow punctuated by thunder and lightning moved into Buffalo, quickly covering the ground and roads. The most intense snowfall was expected to last through Friday evening, with more falling on Saturday into Sunday.
Administrators canceled Friday classes for students in Buffalo and throughout the county. Amtrak stations in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Depew closed Thursday and will stay closed Friday, The Buffalo News reported, while numerous flights in and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport were canceled.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.