Winter Returns to Western New York

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 2, 2011 Updated Jan 3, 2011 at 9:09 AM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW) After a New Year's Eve with temperatures in the 50s, winter came storming back to hit the Queen City with lake effect snow that caused big issues for motorists.

After falling snow packed onto the 400 near Transit Road, multiple vehicles spun out, drove off the road, or were involved in accidents. One vehicle rolled over after the driver lost control.

Lieutenant Sean Simet of the Erie County Sheriff's Department said one short stretch accounted for most of the problems.

"At one point we had about 8 vehicles off the road," he said.

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Sheriff's Deputies decided the road was unsafe to drive, and closed part of the 400 between Jameson and Transit for part of the afternoon. The road was later reopened after it was plowed and heavily salted.

Authorities say the temperature shift from the last few days was responsible for bad road conditions.

"Normally this light of snowfall, if it had stayed continuously cold, wouldn't have caused the ice and the black ice conditions like we had out on the 400 today," Lt. Simet said.

There were many other weather related accidents over the course of the day. Many were a product of slick roads as snow fell on warm pavement.

Both city and state crews sent out plows and salters, trying to clean up roads for drivers, and doing their best to deal with the return of Western New York winter.