Buffalo, NY---A snowstorm with the potential for significant accumulations has been forecasted for the City of Buffalo. According to the National Weather Service, a Wind Advisory is now in effect for Erie County, with wind gusts of over 30 mph expected through Saturday. A Lake Effect Snow Warning is also in effect for the City of Buffalo, beginning at pm. Today, Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that preparations are well underway in advance of this storm that could bring significant snowfall to the City of Buffalo.
Mayor Brown stated, "I am reminding residents to stay alert to the evolving forecast and exercise caution on the roads during this potential weather event. My Administration has been monitoring the forecast closely, making preparations and City crews are ready to go. We are the City of Good Neighbors, so be sure to check on your family, friends and neighbors. As always, we will get through this together."
Earlier today, Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets Commissioner Michael Finn provided a storm preparation update, saying that City forestry crews are ready for potential tree impacts, should damaging winds blow down trees and power lines. He also issued this reminder to residents:
As always with wind events, the City works closely with National Grid. Residents are being reminded to stay away from downed power lines and asked to call National Grid at 800 8 7- 222
In preparation for Lake Shore Flooding, Commissioner Finn also announced that the City of Buffalo closed the following parks to the public:
Throughout this event, the City's 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 nearly 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 3, 00 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, on-street parking due to limited, or in some neighborhoods, no driveways, streets with islands and the fact that the City plows the vast majority of the surface roads in the City. Most other municipalities have a greater percentage of State and County roads and therefore the share of local roads is less
Mayor Brown also reminded residents, who live in the 9am- pm Alternate Street Parking Zones, to be proactive by signing up now for BuffAlert Parking Updates. This tool will provide important notifications during this potential snow event. Over,700 residents have signed up for the 9am- 4pm parking tool to assist residents during snow events in the City of Buffalo. Residents can sign up for the BuffAlert Parking Update initiative by texting JOIN PARKINGUPDATES to 30890.