Blowing and Drifting Snow Impacts Southtowns

January 13, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 13, 2012 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW-TV) - Drivers faced slippery roadways and near whiteout conditions as they made there way into work this morning. The first significant snow storm of the season slowed traffic down to a crawl but plow crews were prepared keeping the roads clear and dry.

"We salt them of course," said Tom Best, Hamburg Highway Superintendent. "The main thing we try and keep them as dry as possible the plows are out there 24/7."

Temperatures were in the mid-20s but with wind gusts around 40mph the wind chill was below zero. Despite the frigid conditions, many were happy to see winter finally arrive.

"I would have appreciated some snow for Christmas especially with a new grandchild," said Peter Simon a Hamburg resident. "I enjoy winter that's why I still live up in this area."

A Lake Effect Snow Warning remains in effect for Southern Erie and Wyoming counties until 1pm Saturday. Another 4 to 8 inches are expected tonight with another 2 inches tomorrow.