The blizzard warning that went out yesterday translated into fewer fender benders today, and police officials said they are grateful.
Motorists apparently heeded the warning, as offices noticed substantially less traffic today, and that resulted in fewer weather-related accidents, according to police and dispatchers.
Buffalo, in fact, was accident-free until just before 11 a.m., when a three-car collision was reported at Bailey Avenue and William Street.
“With people heeding warnings and fewer motorists on the road, it allows us to keep our officers available for more serious situations that can arise,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. “I’m looking out my window at Police Headquarters, and there’s very little traffic in the downtown area.”
But with steady snow and slippery road surfaces, there have been a couple hot spots.
In Clarence, state troopers reported “all kinds of accidents.”
In Amherst, the count was also high. Police estimated there have been about 20 collisions, most minor. They explained that with winds increasing, whiteouts were a factor.
It was a different story in the Southtowns.
Hamburg police said they had responded to only one fender bender.
In Orchard Park, there was only one report of a minor accident at Mile Strip Road and Route 219.
In Eden, no accidents were reported.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office, whose deputies patrol outlying towns, says there have been between a dozen to 20 accidents, most without injury.
In the Northtowns, it’s hit and miss.
Town of Tonawanda police say the roads are open and crash-free thanks to the blizzard warning.
In the City of Tonawanda, police say the roads also are accident-free, though the snow has been steady and the winds have increased.
The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reports only a few minor accidents.
Farther east in neighboring Orleans County, several cars slid into ditches, but again there have been no serious collisions.
In Cattaraugus County in the Southern Tier, there have been reports of vehicles off the road, though no serious crashes.
And on the New York State Thruway, troopers say that with traffic volume down, no serious accidents have occurred.