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Ice-slick roads blamed for rash of accidents on local roadways

Wet snow and slick roads Saturday afternoon wreaked havoc on local travel with reports of vehicles skidding off the Aurora Expressway near Transit Road, north of East Aurora.

No injuries were reported.

An accident on the Thruway also closed down the left lane of the westbound Thruway between the Dunkirk-Fredonia and Westfield-Mayville exits.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office confirmed there were many accidents because of the ice-slick roadways.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a Buffalo Fire ladder truck returning from a fire on Broadway smacked into a utility pole at Krupp Avenue and Ashley Street after hitting a patch of black ice, according to Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, which will remain in effect until 11 p.m.

“There’s going to be a mix of wet snow and freezing drizzle," said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist at the weather service.

The advisory is for flurries and freezing drizzle until 3 p.m., followed by periods of snow showers and freezing drizzle later today. The high will be near 31.

Hitchcock said metropolitan Buffalo should get about a half-inch of snow with the higher elevations getting between an inch or two of snow.

The flurries are expected to continue Sunday with a high near 18 degrees.

The sun is expected to return Monday although temperatures will remain in the high teens.

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