BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A major storm heading for WNY and the Northeast US promises to disrupt travel by land and air in the next couple of days by dropping a feet of snow on the WNY region, and more elsewhere.
State Department of Transportation crews are preparing ahead of the looming storm, attaching plows and testing equipment that needs to be ready at a moment's notice.
DOT Spokesman Susan Surdej said, "Right now, we're just on standby and we're monitoring all the weather conditions. We are ready to go."
Around 450 workers will be out plowing over 4,000 miles of roadways from Niagara County through Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
"Last year, we didn't use hardly any of our salt resources, so there is a lot left, so we're fully prepared for tonight," Surdej said.
While western New York is expecting a winter wallop, Long Island is expected to be hit harder. Some crews from western New York have already been deployed to Long Island to help with storm clean up.
That major blow to the Tri-state is expected to snarl air travel, which is bad news for out-of-towners coming in for this weekend's Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament.
Tournament spokesman Lisa Texido says some are coming in from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland and North Carolina.
"Stay safe, I mean definitely be smart. We want you guys here more than anything as well, but we certainly want you to make sure you get here in one piece," Texido said.
Crews continue to prep the ice to make sure everything is ready in downtown Buffalo. But come Friday morning, it could be a slow go for commuters.
Surdej said, "Use common sense and some caution and let the DOT do its job and clear the roads."
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.
A registered nurse from Lockport has admitted concealing her knowledge of her boyfriend's drug dealing activities.
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