Roads, schools closed as big storm hits western NY

Roads, schools closed as big storm hits western NY

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Roads, highways and schools are closed across western New York as a blizzard slamming the region dumps an estimated 15 to 18 inches of snow in some areas and more expected before the storm ends.

Meteorologist Bill Hippert of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says winds gusting up to 50 mph are reported along Lake Erie, where he says travel is "difficult if not impossible" Tuesday morning.

A 65-mile stretch of the Thruway from Buffalo to the Pennsylvania border has been closed since Monday night, and travel bans are in effect for much of western New York after Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for 14 counties.

The weather service blizzard warning for the city of Buffalo and surrounding areas is in place until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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