Buffalo snow storms cross border, hit Niagara Region news
The New York state lake-effect storm has moved in to Ontario with winds pushing snow squalls into the southern Niagara region.Environment Canada issued a weather warning for
Saturday morning for Niagara Falls, Welland and St. Catharines.“We could see anywhere from 30, potentially up to 50 centimetres of snow locally with the squalls,” Environment
Canada meteorologist Brad Rousseau said.Intense periods of heavy snow will pound the area throughout the day, with weather patterns changing swiftly from clear skies to snowfall
within a few kilometres.“We are going to have a cold front cut through the region tonight, and as it does so, it will push the storm northwest,” Rousseau said.OPP Highway
Safety Division is urging drivers to stay off the roads, recommending they refrain from any non-essential travel, as visibility is reduced to nearly zero in the Niagara region.A
sergeant with the Niagara OPP said on Twitter that the force had been “inundated” with reports of vehicles in ditches and collisions on the highway.The GTA isn’t forecast to
expect heavy snow until later Saturday night, as a cold front will bring lake-effect squalls into the region.Snow will mostly accumulate up to 25 centimetres in northern York
Region and Newmarket by the end of the weekend.South of the borderThe Associated Press reported the storm resulted in several feet of snow, with some piles looming taller than
people, in areas of western and northern New York state. At least three deaths were reported.Buffalo was hit particularly hard. The city has experienced bad lake-effect snow squall
snowstorms in the past, including one in November 2014 that resulted in seven feet of snow in some areas over the course of three days, with roofs collapsing and drivers trapped on
the New York State Thruway.The New York Daily News reported snowfall rates of up to three inches an hour across western New York state, according to the National Weather Service.
The snowfall is considered historic for the region and expected to go on this weekend with little relief. One couple in the Buffalo region still managed to get married, despite 100
of their 180 guests unable to attend the ceremony, according to the Associated Press.With files from the Associated Press and The New York Daily NewsSHARE:JOIN THE CONVERSATION
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