Buffalo, Western NY Brace for Potentially Dangerous Storm

A late fall snowstorm blankets the campus of Andrews University as students head to class Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, in Berrien Springs, Mich.(Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Buffalo, Western NY Brace for Potentially Dangerous Storm (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Thursday for parts of western New York ahead of a dangerous storm that had the potential to dump several feet of snow on some communities on the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

The worst snowfall was expected in Buffalo, where the National Weather Service said up to 4 feet might fall in some spots through Sunday, with periods of near-zero visibility. Other areas could get a foot or less of the lake-effect snow, which is caused by frigid air picking up copious amounts of moisture from the warmer lakes.

Heavy equipment operator Don Beitz walks around a giant snow thrower while preparing for the impending snowstorm. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP)

The weather service also warned of accumulations of 2 feet or more of snow in parts of northern Michigan through Sunday.

Hochul’s state of emergency covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90 after 4 p.m. Thursday. The snowfall was expected to be most intense between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, but with even more falling on Saturday.

“I want western New Yorkers to take this seriously,” Hochul said.

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