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Southern Erie County sees slick mixture of snow and rain

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In Southern Erie County, driving conditions were treacherous. YNN's Kevin Jolly took the 219 down to Springville to get a look at the roads.

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — Driving on the 219 late Friday, it was a mixture of rain and snow as cars and trucks made their way through the latest winter storm to hit the region.

State troopers say the mixed bag of snow and ice could make for some difficult driving.

"We've got wet roads, we had some light rain. It's turning into medium snow, temperatures are staying around 36-34 degrees but we expect that to get colder. With the colder temperatures, expect some ice on the roads and adjust your driving to that," said Trooper Jack Moretti.

That's exactly what these drivers said they're doing.

"Here in the country, all of the hills and everything, you definitely have to take it slow, take it easy, stay back behind the other vehicle. Stuff like that – nothing crazy," said Christine Bustkist.

"So far, so good. I mean, it’s starting to snow now but nothing too bad," said Shane Golabeck.

But if things should take a turn for the worse, the State Department of Transportation says they are ready with trucks loaded and ready to hit the road.

"It started snowing here around ten o'clock, we dispatched some trucks out to make sure we didn't have any icy spots. I've got a good supply of salt, as you can see, and the crews are ready to tackle the storm as it comes in," said Barb Balcerzak, NYSDOT.

And while state workers were gearing to tackle the snow, others were gearing up in a different way.

"The weather's getting a lot better. It's switching back to snow; that's what we want," said Chad Erlandson.

Snowmobile riders Erlandson and Eric Fuller say this is just what they've been waiting for.

"Either you love it or you hate it. We're loving it for sure right now."

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