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Winter Storm Hits WNY, Conditions Worse to the East

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo is escaping the brunt of a major winter storm that is affecting much of the eastern US. Officially, just under six inches of snow fell at the airport weather station.

Jamestown and Ellicottville are reporting ten inches. Allegany County was hardest hit, where 14 inches fell in Wellsville.

The storm was severe enough to close many school districts in Western New York Wednesday. But conditions are worse east of here. Residents in eastern parts of New York are being advised to stay off the roads because of blizzard conditions.

The snow brought the state Capitol to a near halt Wednesday.

The New York State Army National Guard is assisting in the massive snow removal operations in Oswego County and in other snow emergencies statewide. Governor Spitzer activated the troops Tuesday evening. The State Emergency Management Office is coordinating the municipal and state response from its command center in an Albany suburb.

The governor also canceled a planned trip to Buffalo Wednesday.

Officials at Buffalo Niagara International Airport say the airport is open. Doug Hartmayer of the NFTA says snow removal crews are keeping busy.

Some flights have been cancelled because of problems at destination cities.

The snow has tapered off for the most part outside our Main Street studios on the University at Buffalo's South Campus. But gusty winds Wednesday afternoon will result in blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility for drivers.

Wednesday night's Hunter's Hope celebration is postponed because of the weather. It will now take place Saturday from 5 to 8pm at the Ralph Wilson Field House adjacent to the stadium in Orchard Park.

We're also told that all Buffalo Public Schools will be open this Friday. It was a scheduled day off for students because of parent-teacher conferences. Those will be rescheduled. Again, there will be classes for Buffalo public school students on Friday.