Wintry Weather Roars Back

January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 13, 2012 Updated Jan 13, 2012 at 11:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Friday the 13th proved to be a wintry mess all over Western New York.

Snow pelted the region resulting in treacherous driving, blowing snow, and some school closings in the area.

Old man winter has finally reared it's ugly head toward Western New York making for a rough drive with people heading to school and work Friday.

"I was surprised when I woke up.The roads are very dangerous," Driver Veon Willis said.

Cars were slip sliding away on many roads and highways.

"We have had a lot of accidents, spin outs. I think it's happening because it was one of the first snow fall we've had in the area," New York State Police Lieutenant David Denz said.

On the I-90 East at the entrance to Route 400, there was ten car pileup that backed up traffic for miles.

"We had a few cars on the Thruway in the ditch. Then, the traffic on the 400, it was terrible, just terrible," Driver Andy Gonzalez said.

Although schools were closed in the deep Southern Tier... in places like Cheektowaga and West Seneca school buses made it through the ice and snow.

"I haven't driven yet, but my boss has, and it doesn't look pretty. We're going 20 miles an hour down the highway," Driver Tony Pickel said.

Drivers said there are two two things that make this storm even more dangerous for drivers; the wind and the ice underneath the snow.

"Very important that everybody keeps a safe distance, drive slow and just be aware," Willis said.

Many people said this is all part of living in Western New York and they believe it just takes a little getting used to, again.

"You have to expect it, it's New York. You can't expect anything else," Pickel said.