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Winter blast produces snow, icy conditions

A blast of winter weather late Monday night left its impact across the region. Icy conditions appeared to play a part in a series of highway accidents. Some areas reported five inches of snowfall.

"It seemed like the further you got away from the lake, the more snow you received," said Bob Hamilton of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.

"Snowfall across the region ranged from a coating, half-inch near the lakes shores and the airport itself to as much as three to five inches in the hills south of Batavia and Buffalo."

The quick freeze may have caught motorists off-guard. A series of accidents occurred within a two-hour period. One crash forced the closure of the ramp from I-290 to I-190. Crews dealing with a vehicle fire needed to close the I-990 ramp to the I-290.

Niagara-Wheatfield Middle and High Schools were closed Tuesday due to a power outage. Downed power lines along North French Road in Amherst kept utility crews busy for several hours. Power outages were also reported in Hamburg and Orchard Park.

It's a little colder than normal," Hamilton said.

It's going to feel more like early-to-mid-Decmber, instead of mid-November. Then, as we progress through the week those temperatures will begin to moderate so by the time we get to Sunday or Monday temperatures are going to be well up into the fifties."