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YOUNGSTOWN – The whipping winds of a winter storm stood in their way, but those in search of something to eat and drink on Wednesday plowed towards their destinations despite the blizzard conditions.The Jeffords family of Youngstown were on their way to visit their grandmother when they made a stop at the Rite Aid on Lockport Street.They came to pick up a prescription and …

Dennis L. Pfaffenbach wasn’t about to let a little snow keep him from eating at ZJ’s Family Restaurant.“I come here all the time – blizzards, snow storms, sleet, hail, you come to ZJ’s . It’s the best place to eat this side of the Mississippi,” he said from a stool at the counter of the eatery at Hamburg Village Plaza. “You can quote that.”While his favorite dish there is …

Ben Auerbach chose to leave his car parked at home in favor of riding Metro Rail to the University at Buffalo South Campus today.“It’s more convenient,” said Auerbach, noting that Metro Rail’s Allen-Medical Campus is just a short walk from his home in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.“It’s not pleasant out, but I grew up here, so I’m used to snow storms. I’ll probably leav…

As morning headed to afternoon and the snow began to fall more thickly, Jan Smolinski’s husband kidded about her canceled morning flight to Florida see their daughter.“I’m here in sunny North Tonawanda enjoying the weather,” said Pete Smolinski as the couple sat with friends at Granny’s Restaurant on Oliver Street. They’d stopped for breakfast after Lenten mass at St. Jude…

Ron Schauv was shoveling on Wednesday – again.It seems that’s all Schauv has been doing this winter.“Just a lot of shoveling,” Schauv said.The maintenance worker at the South Gate Plaza in West Seneca was clearing the sidewalks around the plaza Wednesday morning before the snow got any deeper in the afternoon.“It can’t get any worse than the last one,” Schauv said referrin…

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YOUNGSTOWN – The Village Diner on Main Street was buzzing around lunchtime.“I guess people get cabin fever,” said waitress Maureen Olson, who only came in to work because someone else had to go home.The windows at the back of the diner, which usually offer a spectacular panoramic view of the Lower Niagara River, on Wednesday afternoon showcased near whiteout conditions.Asi…

Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown had one message for city residents during today’s snowstorm: Stay home.Although pleased with the city’s response to the weather, Brown said residents who do not need to travel should stay off the roads.“We ask everyone to be mindful,” Brown said. “Conditions are supposed to get worse.”Brown’s advisory came during a late-morning news conference …

Dressed in just a black suit and tie, Ben Stilson stood out amid the driving snow in front of the Alumni Arena at UB’s North Campus.Stilson, a University of Rochester senior, paid $25 for a taxi ride today to a University at Buffalo job fair, only to learn the moment that he arrived that the fair had been canceled because of the blizzard.“Its disappointing. I called before…

The blizzard warning that went out yesterday translated into fewer fender benders today, and police officials said they are grateful.Motorists apparently heeded the warning, as offices noticed substantially less traffic today, and that resulted in fewer weather-related accidents, according to police and dispatchers.Buffalo, in fact, was accident-free until just before 11 a…

The heavy snow expected today and Thursday aren’t only an inconvenience and discomfort. It also can be a particular threat to people with heart disease or orthopedic injuries.That’s why people at risk are reminded to be careful of heavy lifting when shoveling walkways, and watchful when walking on or near slippery surfaces.Dr. Eric J. Waffner, a primary care physician with…

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Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport slowed to a virtual shutdown today after high winds swept torrents of snow into the area, while Metro buses and subways continue to soldier on, transit officials reported.Greyhound, Trailways and Megabus also canceled all trips out of Buffalo until further notice, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority – …

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The wiggle room has run out of many local school calendars.Spring break has been cut short in some districts because of a series of cancellations for snow and wind chill this winter. Others will pare down the long Memorial Day weekend. Still other districts that have managed to avoid cutting short vacation days hit their limits Wednesday, leaving superintendents sketching …

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Mike O’Connor is ready for whatever winter dishes out today.He began the day at his Orchard Park home, casting aside his business suit and suiting up in jeans, boots and a turtleneck before heading to his downtown Buffalo law office.In the trunk of his automobile, he stashed oversize ski gloves, a heavily insulated hat and a one-piece Carhartt jumpsuit, just in case the we…

Travel is sloppy in Niagara Falls this morning as snow is accumulating on city roadways, including main thoroughfares like Niagara Falls Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue.The wind is causing snow in some parts to blow sideways.Overall, traffic volume appears to be slightly down with all the area closings.Coming into the city, ramps on and off Interstate-190 are slushy.

Erie County officials kept up their message this afternoon that people should stay home if they are able and reminded the public that today’s storm is now a blizzard.“This weather event is going to be increasingly worse,” said Sheriff Department Capt. Scott Patronik. “Find a safe place to be.”A travel advisory is in place, though the county has not declared a state of emer…