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The Niagara University women’s basketball team is finally moving again.The team, who had been stuck on their bus on the Thruway thanks to the epic lake-effect storm, made it to the Lackawanna toll plaza just before 4:30 a.m., according to a Tweet from coach Kendra Faustin.“Making our way to police station and then to campus,” Faustin continued in her Tweet.The team played …

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The main highways and roads shut down on Tuesday remain closed this morning.• The Thruway (I-90) remains closed in both directions from the Pennsylvania state line to exit 46 in Henrietta.• The I-190 South is closed from exit 16/I-290 to the Thruway.• The I-290 East is shut down from exit 6/Sheridan Drive to the Thruway.• The ramp from the I-290 West to the I-190 South is …

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By midday Tuesday, 4 feet of snow had fallen in Alden and Cheektowaga.Lancaster, Elma and West Seneca were only inches behind – and the snow was still falling.More than 30 inches had fallen in Hamburg and Orchard Park – not enough to even crack the Top 5 town snowfalls.Even the normally staid National Weather Service described the lake-effect storm as “incredible” in one a…

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The weather outside sure was frightful Tuesday, but all over the region, Western New Yorkers – and some unsuspecting guests – figured out how to make the best of it.From good Samaritans to hot chocolate and babushkas, the City of Good Neighbors proved once again that it can weather even the stormiest conditions.Here are some glimpses from across the region:The best assignm…

Buffalo Public Schools will be closed for the second day on Wednesday because of the severe winter storm.Much of South Buffalo has been rendered impassable by heavy snows that hit that part of the city and other communities to the south and east.

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued a warning Tuesday to consumers and businesses about price gouging during the current snow emergency in Western New York.Schneiderman pointed out that General Business Law forbids excessive price increases for essential items like food, water, gas, generators, batteries and flashlight, and services like transportation, duri…

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The lake effect snow is coming north this morning. And prepare yourself for even more snow tonight through Friday.Downtown Buffalo and neighborhoods near the Peace Bridge already are experiencing this morning the edge of the bands that have devastated areas south.Places that have been spared the wrath of the storm so far will get their first taste, with snowfall rates of 3…

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They’ll be talking about this one for decades to come.The lake-effect snowstorm that has smothered southern Erie County with as much as 6 feet of snow will likely go down in history as one of the biggest to clobber the region, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Buffalo agreed Tuesday.It may not be an “official” record breaker, but that’s only because the w…

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Patty Widmer promised herself that she wouldn’t smoke in her new car. But Widmer can be forgiven for breaking that vow Tuesday, especially since her car became her home as she rode out the storm in a gas station parking lot.Widmer, 61, left her production job at ITT Enidine in Orchard Park shortly after her shift ended around 12:30 a.m. She headed down Route 20A to her Wal…

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From the 28th-floor observation deck at Buffalo City Hall late Tuesday morning, the view told the story of the fickleness of lake-effect snow.Looking south, the clouds above Lake Erie were shades of gray and moving swiftly at an angle, like a curtain being drawn. As those clouds moved ashore, that curtain stretched toward the east, obscuring the landscape.Meanwhile, the vi…

The Town of Alden normally isn’t part of the snowbelt, but it got walloped early and often on Tuesday with snowfall estimates as high as four feet by early afternoon.“That is a lot of snow for us to handle,” said Ryan Sheedy, Alden’s emergency management coordinator. The town has had to rely on the personal snowmobiles of some of its volunteer firefighters to respond to em…

Eight immigrants from Burma and Thailand made it home safely from their workplace with help from a fellow Buffalo Karen Baptist Church member.Dough Wheeler found the immigrants in South Buffalo.They were trying to make it home after their shift at a metal shredding and recycling facility. They started work at 4 a.m.“We all came here from a refugee camp in Thailand between …

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More lake-effect ‘events’ expected for hardest-hit areas When your car becomes your home as the snow piles up One for the history books Bills kicker Carpenter helps out snowbound neighbors Coach Marrone stops to help snowbound motorist View from the top of City Hall shows storm’s fickleness Updated forecast: What's coming the next 24 hours We're looking at a six-f…

The Town of Evans was buried under at least two feet of snow early this afternoon, with no letup in sight.Even the police department’s four-wheel drive vehicles were getting stuck, and town plows simply weren’t able to keep up, said Evans Police Chief Ernest P. Masullo.“The plows get out when they can, but they’re mostly sitting because they can’t see anything,” he said.To…

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The forecast for the next 24 hours looks similar the past 12 hours. Here is what The National Weather Service says is coming our way:For the rest of Tuesday afternoonThe crushing band of lake-effect snow will stay in place over South Buffalo, the eastern suburbs and the Southtowns for the next four to five hours.That means snow at a rate of 3 to 4 inches an hour, so at lea…