Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz recommends that residents stay home and work from their house, if possible, during the snowstorm. Poloncarz told WGRZ Channel 2 that due to the severity of the storm, working from home is the safest option.

It is going to be a very significant snow event with snow falling at rates of up to three inches per hour. You should stay home on Friday. You should consider Friday to be a work from home day if you can work from home. I fully expect most of the school districts will probably hede the advice if the weather forecast doesn't change, then they'll be closed. This is not a time you want to be driving on the streets. This is a time you want to be in a safe location and the safest location you can be is home.

Buffalo Public School has already announced that it will be closed on Friday, November 18, 2022. Poloncarz also recommends that school districts in Erie County close on Friday, if the forecast remains the same.

Erie County offices will be closed on Friday.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday, November 16, that the New York State Thruway would be closed to commercial traffic, starting at 4 pm today.

Starting at 4pm tomorrow, @NYSThruway will be closed to commercial traffic from exit 46 (I-390) in Rochester to the Pennsylvania border. For Thruway updates, follow @ThruwayTraffic or visit For statewide traffic updates, visit

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