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Record-breaking snow blankets WNY

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 16:44:22-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A post-Christmas record-breaking blanket of snow covered Western New York, bringing a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.

Heavy snow and gusty winds making travel extremely difficult and hazardous, with little to no visibility and deep snow on the roads.

County crews have been in since Thursday, working around the clock to clear roads.

"We've had anywhere from 30 to 45 trucks on the road at any one time. Crews were anticipating it, you know, we were ready for it; we had plenty of supplies on hand and the equipment was ready to go," said Commissioner Bill Geary with Department of Public Works.

Peak gusts are about 35 miles an hour, so crews are also working drifting snow.

"Crews have been chasing a few drift spots here and there but mostly it's just been the entire county pretty much facing just the general snowfall," said Geary.

In Kenmore, blustering winds but visibility isn't too bad. Some residents getting a head start on snow blowing.

But Geary said conditions can change at any time, as some areas are getting two to three inches of snow an hour.

"Just be prepared for rapidly changing conditions. It's Western New York, we've done this a time or two so just dusting off those winter driving skills, just make sure you give yourself plenty of room and stopping distance," said Geary.