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Snow blows into Buffalo and northtowns

Posted at 12:13 AM, Nov 18, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-13 00:13:55-05

Lake effect snow blew through the City of Buffalo and some of the northern suburbs.  Although there was a break in the snow, Monday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

Snow plows were out in full force around Buffalo.  Snow accumulation was enough for plows to clear it from side streets, downtown.

Along Route 33, in Cheektowaga, police were pushing an SUV out of a ditch.  The driver crashed into a guardrail.  It's unclear if anyone was hurt.

"Take it slow.  As the weather deteriorates, speed is the leading cause of all accidents.  If you slow up, take your time and give yourself enough time, you should be okay," said Amherst Police Lt. Patrick Lucey.

Police expect to see some accidents along major highways around the area.  Lucey expects there will be some crashes along the 90, 290 and 990. 

"Slippery roads, people not used to it, it's the first snow of the year, it might take people a while to get used to winter driving habits," Lucey said.

Flakes flew through Buffalo.  It created near whiteout conditions. 

State crews were out Monday night, working in formation, to make sure the roads were safe for drivers.