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Snowfall building up in Niagara County

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Niagara County is one of the areas getting hit hard with snow. By noon, there was a reported six inches of snow on the ground there. YNN's Antoinette DelBel joins us from Niagara Falls Boulevard with a look at how drivers and residents are dealing with the storm.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — The Department of Public Works says crews have been out since midnight salting the roads and started plowing early Friday morning.

The snow is heavy and wet and falling fast.

City officials say this type of snow is tough to keep up with, but they're doing their best plowing the main and some of the secondary streets - that's the long stretch of road that connects you to the main streets. They say once the snow stops, they'll be able to clear the residential streets.

In the meantime, they are asking drivers to be patient and take your time getting to where you have to go.

"Be careful. Drive cautiously and look out for the other person. You just have to be careful because it's slippery, it's that type of snow," said David Kinney, Dir. of Public Works.

Some drivers we spoke with say they are not liking this winter weather while others say, they don't mind it.

"I think this weather stinks. I really don't like it that much. A little, couple inches, but this is just too much for me to handle," said Laurie Courts, Niagara Falls.

"I'm loving it. Can't wait to get the sleds out and go sledding with my babies," said Joseph Allinson, Niagara Falls.

"A little tough driving today. It's not good weather to drive in," said Johnny Newton, Niagara Falls.

"I'm homebound today. There's nowhere to go, really. You can see there's no cars or nothing around," said Bill Biggins, Niagara Falls.

Both the Town of Niagara and Lewiston police departments have issued travel advisories and are asking drivers to stay off the roads if possible. If you do have to drive somewhere, officials say to give yourself extra time and go slow.

Something else to look out for if you're on the road - blowing snow from high winds, which could make the roads more slick. So again, stay home if you can, but if not, use caution.

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