Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency across all 62 counties as of midnight, with a snowstorm set to sock the state from Youngstown to Yonkers.
But Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz thinks no one in Western New York should be frazzled.
As dozens of schools announced closures, Poloncarz took to Twitter on Monday night, posting a weather forecast and this commentary:
"Let's show some backbone folks. When did 6" of snow over 24 hours ever stop Buffalo? Never, so let's not start losing that backbone now," he tweeted.
Let's show some backbone folks. When did 6" of snow over 24 hours ever stop Buffalo? Never, so let's not start losing that backbone now. pic.twitter.com/RQSZdlMkIs
— Mark Poloncarz (@markpoloncarz) March 14, 2017
Forecasters are predicting some areas of the state will get hit worse than others. In New York City, above-ground subway service has been suspended as more than a foot of snow may fall.
In Western New York, the National Weather Service put a winter storm warning in place through 8 p.m. Wednesday. Three to 5 inches of snow is predicted today, with another 3 to 5 inches tonight.
Here are the overnight snowfall totals, according to observers reports to the National Weather Service made between 6 and 7 a.m. Tuesday:
- Albion - 3.6"
- Franklinville - 3"
- Kenmore - 3"
- North Tonawanda - 2.8"
- Hamburg - 1.7"
- Dunkirk - 0.5"
Despite the relatively mild snowfall forecast, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul thinks the morning commute exceeded expectations. She tweeted this Tuesday morning:
— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) March 14, 2017
This isn't a lake-effect storm, the type that can bring several inches of snow in a narrow area in an hour's time. This storm will bring a widespread, steady snow, with maximum accumulations predicted at 12 inches in the Buffalo area and 18 inches north and south of the city.