The lake-effect snow band over the metro Buffalo area is starting to make its way south.
Erie County Public Works officials reported heavy lake effect snow in Orchard Park this morning with visibility less than 50 feet.
Motorists reported conditions on roadways in Hamburg were rapidly deteriorating.
Snow was falling at a rate of one to two inches per hour this morning from the southern edge of Buffalo into the Southtowns, said Kirk Apffel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The snow band is expected to park itself right there into the afternoon and evening before sliding a little south during the evening hours. The snow band is also expected to expand east into Wyoming and Genesee Counties this afternoon as winds pick up.
"Those increasing winds are also going to result in increasing areas of blowing and drifting snow," Apffel said Wednesday morning.
Several towns and villages in the Southern Erie County have announced travel advisories including East Aurora, Aurora, Eden and Evans.
Conditions deteriorating rapidly in South Buffalo/Southtowns. This is Abbott Road in South Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/ZZV4BJZdc3
— Sharon Gleason (@shargleas) January 30, 2019
Here's what the National Weather Service had to say about the current conditions:
The snow has picked up in the Hamburg District. We will have 7 trucks out keeping roads clear. Moderate snow is falling with moderate to heavy winds, visibility is poor. Most roads are covering over and are slick. If you don’t have to go out, stay in, stay safe!
— Erie County DPW (@ErieCountyDPW) January 30, 2019
A couple more images of current conditions in Hamburg. pic.twitter.com/Mt3iRNiQ6U
— Geoff Nason (@BuffNewsGNason) January 30, 2019
Story topics: January 2019 storm