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Lackawanna enacts travel advisory with 3 snowplows down for the count

There's a travel advisory in effect until 5 p.m. today in Lackawanna as the city keeps digging out from Sunday's snow.

City schools are closed today, as well as City Hall, Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski said. The opening of Lackawanna City Court has been delayed until 11 a.m., according to the state Unified Court System.

[Related: Athol Springs takes lead in Sunday's snowfall tally]

Residents are asked to stay off the roads, if possible, as crews continue to clear the streets, Szymanski said.

Three of the city's snowplows were put out of commission Sunday night and the city is hiring a couple contractors to help, the mayor said.

The snow that fell Sunday was particularly heavy and some of the entrances to some streets are almost like walls of snow, he said.

City plows made keeping Abbott Road open a priority to maintain access to South Buffalo Mercy Hospital. At about 10 p.m., plows started moving from main roads and secondary roads to side streets and dead ends, but by that time road conditions proved increasingly difficult, Szymanski said.

The city has about eight plows still operational and Szymanski said he expects to have all plows back in service by tomorrow or Wednesday.

What to expect in the next 36 hours: More lake-effect snow on the way

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