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155,000 in Buffalo without power
Associated Press
Published: Friday, October 13, 200

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Having just set a record for the “snowiest” October day, the city braced for more Friday as the season’s first snowfall closed schools and left 155,000 customers without electricity.

At least two feet of snow blanketed parts of the Buffalo area early Friday, signalling a possible second record-setting day. The snow downed scores of tree limbs and toppled power lines.

The snowfall was expected to continue throughout the morning, said Tom Paone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

On Thursday, 53.5 centimetres of heavy snow set the record for the “snowiest” October day in Buffalo in the 137-year history of the weather service, said meteorologist Tom Niziol. The previous record of 38 centimetres was set Oct. 31, 1917.

“This is an extremely rare event for this early in the season,” Niziol said.

The Buffalo Police Department received more than 3,000 calls late Thursday and about two-thirds were related to the weather, Lt. James Watkins said.

“There are power lines going down all over the place,” he said.

Crews worked into the night to restore power, but many customers were expected to remain in the dark through the weekend and into next week, National Grid energy company spokesman Steve Brady said.

“This is extremely heavy snow and most of the trees still have most of their leaves, he said. “We can’t do a complete damage assessment until the snow stops falling.”

Other western New York communities also experienced heavy snowfall. Officials in Amherst ordered a driving ban for the entire town.

“We have a condition where 80 per cent of the roads are impassable,” said Lt. Stephen McGonagle of the Amherst Police Department.

Buffalo schools were closed Friday.

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We got absolutely hammered with snow here in sarnia ontario too. We had a wild blizzard for about an hour then some strong flurries for the rest of the day. Anyone else get alot of snow??
 

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We didn't, YET!! But it looks and feels like it will!!

Here's a couple of pics for the storm in Buffalo!!

 
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