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Slick roads slowing morning commute

Car crashes caused by slick roads dotted Western New York highways and roads and slowed traffic during the Friday morning commute.

Various car crashes, including in the City of Buffalo, were being reported over the police scanner. One Buffalo police officer asked the dispatcher to call the city streets department because there was no salt on the roads and it was like "an ice rink."

A crash was reported on the I-190 Southbound between the Niagara Street and Porter Avenue, and multiple crashes were reported on the 190 near Elm Street.

A look at the backup on the southbound 190 close to Elm Street.

A look at the backup on the southbound 190 close to Elm Street.

Snow showers across the region will begin to taper off by 9 a.m., but there could be an inch of snow on the ground before it's over, said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. Temperatures will stay in the upper 20s as the snow falls, but the high temperature is expected to reach the mid 30s today.

The area will see some scattered snow flurries throughout the day.

Some bands of snow have set up across southern Erie and Cattaraugus counties, with radar indicating about 3 to 4 inches of snow will fall in those spots, said meteorlogist Bill Hibbert. Those will have moved out by early afternoon.

Snow showers will leave a coating to an inch of snow from Niagara Falls north to Youngstown, and that band will move south and may hit the eastern suburbs in Erie County, Hibbert said. That may leave a half-inch to an inch of snow.

This weekend will be fairly mild, with some snow showers possible Saturday morning, while Sunday will be mainly dry, he said. High temperatures both days this weekend will reach the upper 30s.

A slow-moving system is expected to bring periods of light snow over from Monday through Wednesday next week. The snow won't be heavy, but it will last a while and will bring some accumulation, Hitchcock said.

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