- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Forecasters in western New York are warning of blizzard-like conditions over the next few days with up to two feet of snow, plummeting temperatures and wind chills that can cause frostbite in minutes.

In advance of the Great Lakes-fed storm, authorities closed schools in Buffalo and surrounding districts for Wednesday and Thursday and the state announced a ban on tractor-trailers and buses from the New York State Thruway. The ban between Rochester and the Pennsylvania border will take effect at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Drifting bands of lake-effect snow are expected to drop one to two feet by the storm’s end. The hard-to-predict bands can bury some areas, even as the sun shines a short distance away.

National Weather Service warnings were posted from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday evening.

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