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A Michigan Dept. of Transportation snowplow clears a section of M-139 during a late fall snowstorm Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, near downtown Berrien Springs, Mich.

A Michigan Dept. of Transportation snowplow clears a section of M-139 during a late fall snowstorm Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022, near downtown Berrien Springs, Mich. (Don Campbell, The Herald-Palladium via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency Thursday for parts of western New York ahead of a dangerous storm that had the potential to dump several feet of snow on some communities on the eastern ends of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

The worst snowfall was expected in Buffalo, where the National Weather Service said up to 4 feet might fall in some spots through Sunday, with periods of near-zero visibility. Other areas could get a foot or less of the lake-effect snow, which is caused by frigid air picking up copious amounts of moisture from the warmer lakes.

Hochul’s state of emergency covers 11 counties, with commercial truck traffic banned from a stretch of Interstate 90 after 4 p.m. Thursday. The snowfall was expected to be most intense between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Friday, but with even more falling on Saturday.

“I want western New Yorkers to take this seriously,” Hochul said.

The storm had the potential to disrupt the Buffalo Bills’ home game on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. An NFL spokesman said the league was considering contingencies including moving the game to a neutral site, with Detroit and Washington potential options.

The weather service also warned of accumulations of 2 feet or more of snow in parts of northern Michigan through Sunday.

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