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Buffalo: Snow brings travel to a crawl
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Heavy snow is falling across all of Western New York, making it slow going on the area's roads and highways.

On Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, cars were moving slow and pedestrians were doing their best to stay warm and dry.

The same storm system has hit a large portion of the country, leading to the cancellation of flights across the northeast.

It's difficult travel conditions out there thanks to lots of snow and low visibility.

Plows will be coming and going the Broadway Barn all night as the snow continues to fall. The city plans on sending out about 30 pieces of equipment out, but says there's more ready as the weather gets worse. YNN's Ryan Whalen reports traveling has been difficult on the streets and in the sky.

"Last call to board flight for Chicago."

Dozens of flights in and out of Buffalo were canceled Wednesday thanks to the storm.

"I was just really frustrated because I took off time from work," said Hannah Trainer.

Trainer's first flight to see relatives in North Carolina was canceled in the morning.

"My second flight just got canceled. Whoopee."

Trainer's airline told her to try again Thursday, but the outlook was grim.

"If this weather keeps up they're probably going to cancel it again."

All day, travelers at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport got similar news: it was unsafe to fly all over the northeast.

"Tomorrow's flights are canceled. The weather's going to get worse."

"We are traveling to India, my wife and I, and we need to get out to Philadelphia," said Krishna Gnanasambandam.

Meanwhile, even travel on a smaller scale proved difficult. It was a slow go for the few brave travelers on the Kensington Expressway.

"The men and women of the streets department are now on twelve hour shifts and they will continue to work those twelve hour shifts as long as possible and add workforce as needed at the time," said Steven Stepniak, Public Works Commissioner.

The plows came out in force in Buffalo for the first time this winter.

"Slow down. That should be considered an emergency vehicle, a plow when he's out there. Slow down, allow them space," Stepniak said.

The city is asking drivers to be careful and keep the workload light for tow truck drivers.

"Make sure that they have enough fuel that they make sure their windshield wipers are working correctly, because the last thing we need is someone stuck because they don't have enough fuel or not being able to see properly during an event," said Stepniak.

Back at the airport, travelers are just hoping for a break in the storm.

"I feel really bad for my relatives back in North Carolina because they're probably like what's going on, you know? I don't know," Trainer said.

Stepniak says the city has a good plan in place to keep the roads clean but if you don't have to travel, stay inside until the storm lets up. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP