Advisories, warnings and bans issued as WNY faces its first big snowstorm

Photo Courtesy of Tori Daye.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A band of clouds creeping off Lake Erie dumped significant amounts of snow on parts of western New York, mucking up traffic in their wake.

Near Lake Erie, a dangerous combination of wind and snow buffeted the lake shore, creating an icy mix on roads, prompting officials to close Route 5 for multiple hours.

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Click here for a gallery of photos from the storm.

The dangerous mix created a photo of interest across the nation as waves crashed onto a vehicle parked nearby, trapping it in ice.

FORECAST | See the latest forecast with details on snowfall here. 

Conditions grew worse across Chautauqua and southern Erie Counties as the day continued, prompting officials to issue a host of lake effect snow warnings, cautioning residents of western New York of impending snow.

Warnings exist in Northern Erie, Southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming Counties, suggesting most of western New York will experience at least a half a foot of snow or more through the evening.

The warnings also suggest driving conditions will be extremely poor, with blowing snow, gusting wind and low visibility.

TRAFFIC | See our traffic tracker here. 

Terrible conditions prompted a number of municipalities to issue travel advisories and bans to protect their drivers.

In Silver Creek, officials issued a temporary travel ban, warning drivers to stay off the roads, but lifted the ban as the snow band crept north.

Police across the region issued travel advisories, warning drivers to stay off the roads where possible as workers pushed to keep roads clear.

  • Dunkirk Police issued a travel advisory in the City of Dunkirk
  • Officials in Brant issued a travel advisory in the Town of Brant

As the band of snow moved north, certain municipalities cancelled their advisories. The Village of Fredonia was the first to do so, the Town of Eden followed just an hour later.

Conditions aren’t expected to improve for some time. Stay up to date with the latest in our 4 Warn Weather center. 

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Photo Courtesy of Tori Daye.
Photo Courtesy of Tori Daye.

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