Whiteout Conditions Strike Western New York

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 12:49 AM EDT

By 9 p.m. Thursday, the Lake-Effect snow band had migrated down U.S. 219 and landed in Silvering where it seemed like you needed a pair of skis to get around!

Driving conditions for Donna and Melanie driving to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport from Olean were touch and go forcing them to drive no more than 30 miles per hour for most of the trip.

New York State Police responded to more than half-a-dozen calls for accidents and spin outs along the Interstate 90 from Buffalo to Dunkirk. Drivers also reported seeing spinouts in the Ellicottville area.

Blowing and drifting snow dropped visibility down to less than 50 feet on Interstate 90 in Cheektowaga and the evening commute was backed up for miles.

When extreme weather hits western New York officials urge drivers to use caution especially ice prone areas including bridges, exit and on ramps and curves.