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The overnight snowstorm that belted the Southtowns has not deterred everyone from going about their business this morning.For the limited number of customers walking up and down the aisles of Tops in Hamburg, the general sentiment was dealing with major snowfall is just part of living in Western New York.Randal McCoy’s reason for stopping by the grocery store? It was on hi…

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The News' team is reporting from throughout Western New York as the area gets walloped by the anticipated lake-effect machine today. [bn_coveritlive id="5f4c1a57d2"] Related coverage: Lake-effect storm rolls in (photo gallery) The lesson of 2000 storm: Don't get caught at work For school superintendents, snow days can be a tricky call Hotels have rooms for stranded …

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A monster lake-effect snowstorm that pummeled areas from South Buffalo to Alden with up to 6 feet of snow in 24 hours is responsible for at least four deaths, authorities reported.Details of the deaths were still sketchy late Tuesday, but three of them apparently were heart attacks resulting from moving snow or cars. The fourth died as a result of an automobile accident, E…

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The lake-effect snow surge is hitting travelers hard this morning, especially in southern Erie County, as some major roadways have been closed and travel advisories or bans issued because of the weather.Several school districts are also closed.Road closures• The Thruway, or the I-90, is closed between Henrietta (exit 46) and the Pennsylvania line. Here’s a map of where veh…

How much has it snowed in your neighborhood? Send us your snow totals, and we'll add it to the map. Be sure to include the address or nearest intersection, the number of inches of snow on the ground, the time you measured and the date. Email: djgee@buffnews.com.

NWS Buffalo said the snow band has shifted slightly more northerly than initially forecast. It's impacting the metro Buffalo area as well as points north and east this hour, but will gradually start shifting back down into the Southtowns as the evening wears on.

The National Weather Service released the following statements Monday: Special Weather Statement SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 842 PM EST MON NOV 17 2014 NYZ001>003-010>013-019-085-180315- CHAUTAUQUA NY-ERIE NY-GENESEE NY-LIVINGSTON NY-MONROE NY-NIAGARA NY-ORLEANS NY-WYOMING NY- 842 PM EST MON NOV 17 2014 ...LAKE EFFECT SNOW…

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Think you’re ready to take an early punch from “young man winter”? How about two?Portions of the region – save for some areas in Niagara and Orleans counties – will wake up to everything from a thick blanket of white to heavy lake-effect snowfall, which the National Weather Service said early this morning was capable of “producing snowfall rates of 4 inches per hour or mor…

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Snow shovel at the ready? Check. Scraper in the trunk of your car? Check. Nonperishable food items and bottled water stocked in the pantry? Check. Have BuffaloNews.com bookmarked for complete coverage of the impending snowstorm? Double-check. The News' team will be reporting throughout Western New York as the area gets walloped by the anticipated lake-effect machine. H…

A commercial plane carrying 48 passengers from Washington, D.C., landed safely at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport at about 3:45 p.m. Monday amid concern that a buildup of ice might have affected the flight. The concern proved to have been unfounded, according to airport officials, and US Air Flight 3994 from Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport landed with…

The Weather Channel dispatched on-camera meteorologist Mike Bettes to Western New York to report on the incoming LES snowstorm. Bettes is in Hamburg reporting near the Thruway.

Lake Effect Snow Warning URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY 347 PM EST MON NOV 17 2014 NYZ010>012-085-180500- /O.NEW.KBUF.LE.A.0009.141120T0600Z-141121T0900Z/ /O.CON.KBUF.LE.W.0011.141117T2200Z-141119T1800Z/ NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-SOUTHERN ERIE- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...BATAVIA...WARSAW... ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE 3…

Approximately two dozen plows from Erie County were out on the roads late this afternoon as the lake-effect snowstorm approached, with the full contingent of 40 ready to roll when necessary.“This is a large storm that’s coming,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz. “I don’t want anyone to underestimate it.”Noting the forecast of up to two feet of snow in portions of th…

Late Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin is famous for advice he offered in 1985 for riding out a blizzard: Stay inside and grab a six-pack. Well, the storm heading our way isn't expected to be a blizzard, but Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is keeping Griffin in mind. "With snow coming," Poloncarz tweeted Sunday night, "it's time to revisit the 'Griffin Scale' measurement …