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Posted on: January 4, 2022

City Of Buffalo DPW Commissioner Michael Finn Provides Update On Snowstorm Preparations

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Buffalo, NY-- A snowstorm, with the potential for significant lake effect snow accumulation and gusty winds, has been forecasted for the City of Buffalo. According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for Buffalo and Erie County, as well as other Western New York counties, for Wednesday

night through Thursday evening. Today, Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets (DPW) Commissioner Michael Finn announced that preparations are well underway in advance of this storm that could bring over 12 inches of Lake Effect snow to the metro area.

Commissioner Finn stated, “I am reminding residents to stay alert to the evolving forecast and exercise caution on the roads during this potential weather event. We continue to monitor the forecast closely and prepare, to ensure that City crews are ready to go.”

At this time, City snow removal crews will continue to monitor and pretreat roadways for the snow that’s expected to come. The City’s snow fighting crew consists of 70 truck drivers and equipment operators who will work to clear more than 800 miles of city streets and roads. The winter fleet consists of nearly 100 pieces of equipment and the City has approximately 6,000 tons of salt to help clear streets. All of these resources assist the City in meeting the challenges of clearing snow in an urban environment which includes narrow streets and on-street parking.

Due to the pending snowstorm, only garbage and recycling items placed in totes will be collected on Thursday and Friday. No additonal (large) trash items will be picked up on those days.

To keep updated on weather conditions, sign up for BuffAlert. To sign up, text Join BuffAlert (not case sensitive) to 30890. This tool will provide important notifications during this potential snow event.

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