Erie County storm preps underway

Posted at 6:58 PM, Nov 17, 2014

County executive Mark Poloncarz says the county has 25,000 tons ordered for the year, and that barns are full right now.

The hardest hit areas will be south of the City of Buffalo in areas like Hamburg, Springville, Orchard Park and the Town of Boston.

Poloncarz is calling this a significant lake effect storm, and says drivers could s face white out conditions at times, and should be prepared to slow down on the roads.

Forty county plows will be on the roads at all times.  Poloncarz says the plow drivers work around the clock, but with snow possibly falling at a rate of 3-5 inches per hour in some areas, residents should expect some snow-covered roads as crews work to keep up.

Poloncarz says he has no plans to close any county offices tomorrow because of the weather.  County crews will be out throughout the night, and they'll report back to him at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Officials say last year's blizzards taught them the best ways to communicate between departments, and have already helped in preparations for this storm.