Southtowns Hit with Wintry Blast, Roadways Dangerous for Drivers

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 11:44 PM EDT

Irving, N.Y. (WKBW) Winter weather blasted areas south of Buffalo Wednesday, creating quite the headache for drivers.

Many areas south of Buffalo along Route 5 were covered in a wintry mix of snow, slush and ice. Many drivers forced to wait it out until snow plows and salt trucks could clear the roadways.

Officials were forced to close the westbound lanes of I-90 from exits 57-59 for some time as a safety precaution as the snow continued to fall.

Leanne Willard was on her way from the Syracuse area to Cleveland when she was travelling along I-90 and ran into whiteout conditions that forced her to cease her travels. She was stranded and took refuse at Tom's Family Restaurant in Irving.

Many people were spotted digging out all over the region. Michelle Shade, a Dunkirk resident was playing catch up with the snow, completing 9 shifts of shoveling before 8 p.m. Wednesday.