Rochester NY Weather: Buffalo snowstorm live updates, snow totals – Democrat & Chronicle

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency starting Thursday in parts of western New York ahead of a potentially dangerous bout of lake-effect snow.

The National Weather Service forecast up to 4 feet of snow or more through Sunday that “may paralyze” the hardest-hit communities, including Buffalo, with periods of near-zero visibility. Hochul’s state of emergency covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90 surrounding Buffalo after 4 p.m. Thursday. The snowfall was expected to be at its greatest intensity between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday.

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

Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns game moved to Ford Field in Detroit due to snowstorm

Buffalo Bills release statement on game being moved:

Due to public safety concerns and out of an abundance of caution in light of the ongoing weather emergency in western New York, Sunday’s Cleveland Browns-Buffalo Bills game will be moved to Ford Field in Detroit at 1 p.m. ET, the NFL announced today.

The decision to move the game from Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY was done in consultation with the Buffalo Bills and local and state authorities as the region prepares for the storm.

Details on tickets and other game day information for Sunday’s game in Detroit will be announced shortly. The Bills will provide information for those fans with tickets to the game originally scheduled for Orchard Park.

The game will be televised on CBS at 1 p.m. on Sunday Nov. 20 as part of its regularly scheduled broadcast.

Where is Jim Cantore? Weather Channel star in Buffalo covering snowstorm

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is begging western New Yorkers in the path of a potentially historic multi-day snowstorm with a bullseye on Buffalo to please, please stay home.On Twitter, she described the battle plan, which involves a state of emergency, more than 350 snowplows, 42,000 tons of salt and more.

But you know this is a major big deal because Jim Cantore has already arrived.

On Thursday morning, the famed Weather Channel forecaster — who one month ago made headlines after being struck by an airborne tree limb while covering Hurricane Ian in Florida — interviewed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.  

“Whether Buffalo city gets 4 feet or not is irrelevant,” Cantore told Poloncarz. “You’re gonna get something. I mean, Erie is gonna get crushed, as we know.”

Winter storm to bring heavy lake effect snow in Buffalo, Rochester NY regions

Heavy lake effect snow is expected to bring up to 4 feet of snow to parts of the Buffalo and Rochester regions by Sunday evening. Forecasters on Wednesday issued several lake effect snow warnings for the week in the Buffalo region, including one that started Wednesday night and could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow to southern Erie County by Saturday evening.

Forecasters predict 2 to 4 feet of snow will cover Erie and Genesee counties by Sunday evening. (The warning in Genesee County runs from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.) The lake effect snow will stretch all the way to Rochester, just much less intense, with up to 6 inches of snow expected in western Monroe County, and 1 to 2 inches in Rochester, Thomas said. Travel, he said, could be “very difficult to impossible.”

NY Thruway bans commercial traffic ahead of Buffalo snowstorm

All commercial traffic has been banned on a stretch of the New York state Thruway, between Exit 46 in Henrietta and the Pennsylvania state line, starting 4 p.m. Thursday until further notice. The state Department of Transportation has also implemented a ban on commercial vehicles in other Buffalo area highways, including Interstates 190, 290 and 990.

New York snow totals from winter storm 2022

The snow started falling in some areas on Wednesday and by 7 a.m. Thursday, a foot of snow was already on the ground in several communities in southern Erie County  – including in Boston, Springwater and Holland. Nearly 9 inches were on the ground by the same time in Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties and 7 inches covered parts of Wyoming County.

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