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Headed south on your PM commute? Expect a nasty, maybe impossible, drive.

Lake-effect snow continues to pound the metro Buffalo area and the Southtowns with snow falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour this afternoon, weather forecasters said.

It's going to make for a nasty commute home.

Maybe impossible for some.

Travel bans are in effect in Alden, Aurora, Boston, Brant, Eden, Elma, Evans, Hamburg, Marilla, North Collins, Orchard Park and Wales and all villages within those towns. Genesee County also has a travel ban in effect.

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In the meantime, Erie County is under a state of emergency. Mayor Byron W. Brown also declared a state of emergency.

Route 5 was closed, including the Skyway, from Ridge Road to I-190. Tractor-trailers and commercial buses are banned from major state routes including the Thruway. Numerous accidents have been reported throughout the Southtowns today.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office also issued a travel advisory until further notice, "a strong suggestion but not a ban" on unnecessary travel, its press release said. Niagara County government is closed except for essential personnel in law enforcement, public works and water/sewer.

Currently there are two bands of lake-effect snow coming off Lake Erie: one over metro Buffalo and the other, a bigger, more potent one, over the Southtowns extending from the Pennsylvania line, across the Boston Hills and into the far northwest corner of Wyoming County. The bands are converging over Genesee County where they’re causing white-out conditions.

What to expect the next 36 hours: Wind chills near minus 30

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