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Icy Conditions Close Schools, Cause Accidents

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is making for slick driving conditions across Western New York, forcing many schools to cancel classes or delay opening.

Buffalo public and Catholic elementary schools were closed Wednesday, due to icy sidewalks. The overnight ice accumulation was up to two tenths of an inch in some spots, and caused numerous spinouts and fender bender accidents overnight and during the morning commute.

The most serious accident occurred on the Scajaquada Expressway, which was closed for a time. A Buffalo police officer stopping to help a motorist in a ditch on the Scajaquada Expressway near Grant Street was struck and injured by another vehicle during the 7:00 hour. Officer Valerie Stover was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of injuries that are believed to me minor.

In Amherst, a bus transporting students to Heim Elementary School in the Williamsville School District was involved in a crash on North Forest Road at Audubon Parkway. There were no injuries reported.

The National Weather Service has extended a winter weather advisory through 5am Thursday. Temperatures above freezing were forecast to change the freezing rain to all rain during the midday hours. The precipitation will then change back to snow as temperatures fall below freezing later in the day. Accumulations of one to three inches are expected.