Crews battle storm, courts and county governments close

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – All of WNY is under a Blizzard Warning and Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a State of Emergency for all of WNY as officials work to keep crews and equipment ahead of the storm.

Erie County Emergency Services Commissioner Dan Nevearth says there have been hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on overtime across Western New York this winter, but he says during a storm there are never any issues. Budgeting problems will be addressed later.

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Due to the severe weather, Erie, Niagara, and Orleans county governments are closed, as are city governments in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Government offices in Wyoming County will close at noon in Wednesday. In all cases, only essential personnel are expected to report.

Supreme, family and city courts are closed in Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Chautauqua County courts are closing at 11:30 a.m. Allegany County courts are closing at 2 p.m.

Non-essential state employees are being sent home at 2 p.m. in blizzard areas, including all of WNY.

The University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College and Canisius College are all closing at noon.

Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz says right now there aren’t any driving bans or states of emergencies in place. However, he is asking residents for patience at plow crews work hard to keep up with the snow.

Between 10 and 24 inches of snow is expected across areas of WNY and wind gusts are expected to be as high as 50 MPH. For the latest weather details, click here.

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Area schools have been forced to cancel classes more often than usual this winter and many districts are running out of their scheduled snow days. If districts do run out of snow days students will have to make up the number of required class days during other times.

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