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Towns plead: Snow is coming, get your cars off the streets

During the streak of mild weather this February, several towns and villages in the Buffalo Niagara area decided to lift their winter parking rules early, allowing people to park on the streets.

But with a snowstorm bearing down on the area, town leaders said Thursday that they aren't going to reinstate the winter parking rules, but are pleading with residents to get their cars off the streets so they can plow.

"ATTENTION: Winter is back!" the Town of Cheektowaga posted on its Facebook page. "While the town will NOT be reinstating the overnight winter parking restrictions, due to the WINTER STORM WARNING posted for most of WNY including the Town of Cheektowaga, we are asking everyone in the Town to please get your car(s) off the street the next few nights (Thurs., Fri & Sat). Your cooperation is greatly appreciated! Thank you! Please share."

The same sentiment was shared by authorities in Kenmore, the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Lancaster.

"Please avoid parking on streets so snow removal crews can do their job efficiently," the Village of Lancaster Office of Emergency Management tweeted Thursday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Thursday evening into Friday afternoon. A storm system is expected to bring 8 to 14 inches of snow across much of Western New York through about midday Friday.

What to expect the next 36 hours: 8 to 14 inches of heavy, wet snow

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