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Heading home now? Here's what you need to know.

Blustery winter weather, poor visibility and closed traffic routes are making the drive home a slow go for many people Tuesday evening.

If you take the Thruway: The Thruway westbound has reopened after a multivehicle pileup on the I-90 between the Williamsville toll barrier and the Depew exit at Transit Road blocked all lanes on that section of the Thruway and brought traffic to a standstill.

The New York State Police is requiring that all eastbound traffic on the Thruway get off at Exit 50 onto the I-290.

If you take the Skyway: The Skyway reopened in both directions around 5:30 p.m. after a 6.7-mile stretch was closed for almost seven hours due to  blowing snow limiting visibility for motorists.

Buffalo City Hall closed early because of the weather, as did parts of Erie County government. Meanwhile, some side streets in downtown Buffalo are clogged as commuters head home under poor driving conditions.

If you take the Kensington Expressway: Traffic is moving slowly, if at all, along some sections of the Kensington Expressway outbound, according to an online traffic map provided by the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. Traffic is stalled on the Scajaquada Expressway. Sections of East and West Delevan Street also are experiencing slower than normal drive times.

While weather conditions are blustery, not much snow is accumulating on the ground.

"That's typically what you would get for a blizzard. It doesn't have to be snowing heavily. It can just be blowing around,"said David Zaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Greater Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga.

"We are getting very light accumulations. It's mostly just snow blowing from one place to another," added Zaff.

The blizzard is fairly localized, affecting just the Buffalo metro area to points just to the east and northeast of the city. Those blizzard conditions, which could lead to whiteouts in some spots, are expected to dissipate by 1 a.m. Wednesday. That is when the warning expires.

Tuesday's breezy conditions will continue into Wednesday), but visibility will be much improved, Zaff said.

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