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Storm leading to some unusual closings for WNY

The lake-effect storm that started blasting the region late Tuesday has taken its toll on some Western New York institutions.

It was bad enough when the storm closed Paula's Donuts. Now it's shut down Anderson's Frozen Custard.

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Paula's caused a stir when it announced that it was closing early Tuesday and would stay closed Wednesday and Thursday because of the anticipated severe weather conditions.

Then, Anderson's – favored purveyor of beef on weck and soft-serve ice cream – said it was closing at 7 p.m. Tuesday and wouldn't reopen Wednesday. This coming from the chain that offers half-price cones when it's snowing outside.

Tim Hortons hasn't closed yet, although its HarborCenter location was not open Wednesday morning. And 716 Food and Sport in the same building is closed Wednesday.

The Buffalo Zoo, too, has closed, although the weather is certainly fit for a polar bear.

And the Ice at Canalside closed on Wednesday, too. That's right, it's too cold for ice skating.

UPDATE: And now there's too much snow – and wind – to ski. Kissing Bridge in Glenwood has closed for the rest of the day Wednesday, citing the many travel bans in the Southtowns.

UPDATE UPDATE: We hope you're sitting down for this one. Consumer's Beverage has closed all of its Erie County stores. For people who still want to put the six pack in this six-pack storm, the locations in Lockport and Niagara Falls remain open.

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