Snow Causes Major Traffic Issues

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO (WKBW) Mother Nature picked the morning rush hour as the time to blanket Buffalo and Western New York with a thick coat of snow, causing limited visibility and slick roads.

"It's way too cold out here. It's too snowy. There shouldn't even be school right now," Tre Shanique said.

"I'm from Puerto Rico and I lived in New York City, but this is the worst," Jose Moreno.

A complete white-out overtook parts of the 190 for much of the morning. Within minutes, traffic slowed to a crawl.

"Not being able to see is kind of frustrating," one resident added.

Inbound traffic on the 190 was backed up for miles from North of the City all the way to Grand Island and Kenmore on the 290, with cars off the road adding to the backup as well.

And on the 33 West a multi-car crash around 8:30 forced police to shut down the highway. Several cars were stranded as police diverted traffic onto side streets while all the cars could be towed away.

South of the City of Buffalo, Route 5 was backed up from downtown all the way to Woodlawn as drivers inched along.

"Slippery. Slippery and very snowy," Robin Wawrzyniak described.

Lackawanna white-outs on major roads and side streets caused delays and frustration for drivers.

"I hate it. I want it to go away," Brittany Polanski.

As commute times doubled, tripled, or more, the snow finally started to slow down.

"Little slippery, but it's Buffalo, so take your time, plan ahead a little bit. You can get from A to B without any incidents, but you have to watch out for the crazies out there," Mike Shurmatz said.

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