Buffalo, New York – Prats of Buffalo and the surrounding areas are dealing with a historic snowstorm that could leave up to 70 inches of snow in its wake.
Snow has been falling Friday morning, with the heaviest bands of snow were off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, bringing snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour to cities in and around Buffalo and Watertown in New York.
“The snowfall will produce near zero visibility, difficult to impossible travel, damage to infrastructure, and paralyze the hardest-hit communities,” the National Weather Service said Thursday. “Very cold air will accompany this event, with temperatures 20 degrees below normal forecast by the weekend.”
Travel in Buffalo is currently restricted in some areas. Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown announced a travel ban for parts of South Buffalo and a travel advisory for the rest of the city.
Currently, YouTube Channel Paul Wright Lawns is live streaming from the area as he plows the streets, and the winder wonderland is rapidly turning into a dangerous storm that’s already halted traffic on major roadways, threatens to topple trees, may damage property, and knock out power as temperatures plunge.
The National Weather Service said the snow could paralyze the hardest-hit communities, including Buffalo, with periods of near-zero visibility.
People are taking to social media and sharing their pictures and video with the world.