After nearly two full days, the snowfall has started to taper off. Here's what you need to know:
- Lockport leads Western New York with more than 2 feet of snow. (Snowfall totals below)
- A temporary ban on tractor-trailer traffic was lifted late Wednesday afternoon on all highways in the state, including the New York State Thruway.
- The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority says all routes are delayed due to the weather.
- Some flights departing Buffalo Niagara International Airport are canceled or delayed. A few incoming flights are canceled or delayed, too.
- An advisory against unnecessary travel is in place in the City of Niagara Falls until 3 p.m.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The lake-effect was being generated from Lake Ontario, not Lake Erie, the usual source for lake-effect in Erie County.
"Our other lake is playing a role," he said.
Some sustained winds are causing blowing snow around the region, making it difficult for drivers. There are sustained winds of 20 to 25 mph out of the northwest, with gusts up to 35 mph.
Visibility is down to about a quarter-mile, which would affect airport operations, Hitchcock said.
The latest figures for total snow accumulation from the National Weather Service
(Most were released at noon, some are more recent)
- 28.8" - Lockport
- 23.5" - Perrysburg
- 23.5" - Holley
- 21.5" - Forestville
- 20.4" - North Tonawanda
- 19.6" - Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Cheektowaga
- 19.5" - Colden
- 19.5" - Williamsville
- 18.5" - Medina
- 18.4" - Amherst (north-northeast)
- 17.5" - Akron
- 16.7" - Rapids
- 16.7" - Warsaw
- 16.6" - Albion
- 16.3" - Marilla
- 16" - Niagara Falls
- 16" - Cheektowaga
- 15.4" - Clarence Center
- 15" - Gasport
- 15" - Town of Cattaraugus
- 14.6" - Kenmore
- 14" - Elma (west-southwest)
- 14" - Boston
- 12.9" - East Amherst
- 12" - Little Valley
- 10.2" - South Wales
- 9.9" - Stafford
- 9.3" - Angelica
- 9.1" - Alfred
- 9" - Ellicottville
- 8.7" - East Aurora
- 7.5" - Hamburg
- 7.5" - Blasdell
- 7.5" - Youngstown
- 6.5" - Rushford
- 5.5" - Dunkirk
- 5.4" - Jamestown
The Buffalo Common Council offices and the Buffalo City Clerk's Office closed at 1:30 p.m. The rest of Buffalo City Hall remains open.
Most schools are closed, as well as a few colleges, including Daemen, Villa Maria College and Niagara University. (Full list) The University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State are open.
A number of courts are closed today:
- All state and county courts in Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua, Allegany and Wyoming counties.
- City courts in Batavia, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda.
The Boulevard Mall in Amherst closed at noon while the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls are closing at 4 p.m.