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Blasdell, Lackawanna hammered with snow

Posted at 11:52 PM, Nov 17, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-12 23:52:55-05

The snow has since shifted towards the southtowns, but not before creating some problems on the roads.

"When I was down a block from here I couldn't see the lights on here. That's how bad it is," said  Lackawanna Resident Tracy Hark.

Erie County officials spent the afternoon preparing for the snow to hit.  The county will have 40 plows on the roads at all times, but officials say residents may have to be patient when it comes to plowing.

"The routes are timed in dry weather situations," explained Erie Co. Deputy Commissioner of Highways Bill Geary.  "We try to be about 2.5-3 hours a route, but given the visibly and driving in these conditions it could be 3-4 hours.'

The county has 25,000 tons of salt ordered for the season, and the barns were stocked for the start of the storm.

Still, drivers are being asked to stay off the roads in the bad weather if they don't have to be out.