Heavy snow pounds Erie, Niagara counties

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — The snow may have let up by 6 p.m. in Lockport, but northern Erie and southern Niagara counties received the brunt of Friday’s lake effect snow throughout the day.

From messy afternoon crashes like the rollover off Harlem Road in Cheektowaga, to sled riding in Amherst, to digging out in Lockport, the snow meant for a busy day in parts of western New York.

“I love snow days. I’d absolutely love a snow day,” said UB freshman Dennis Fitzgibbon.

Even with all that hoping, Fitzgibbon still had to go to class. But he and thousands of others did so through blustery conditions.

Some made the most of it, like freshmen Owen Langrehr and Noah Gottesman, who were calling an SOS for a slice.

“I really want to pizza this weekend,” Langrehr said. “That would be great. I mean, we can’t leave to get food. It’s gonna be Saturday, we will be able to leave, so that’s our only hope really. If the pizza comes in. That’s the only way it’s going to happen.”

The snow continued north as the day dragged on, dropping several inches in Lockport.

But it let up just in time for the evening commute, and a little digging out before the weekend began. Even the sun made a brief appearance, a nice break for a day of this.

And though the band of snow had started its move to the south from Lockport, piercing winds and dangerous cold were left behind, meaning locals will meet icy and sometimes treacherous conditions when they venture outside this weekend.

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