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Snow is causing some big headaches in Buffalo

Snow Blankets Mid-Atlantic

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: John Neal scrapes ice and snow from his car in Washington, DC on March 17, 2014. Neal, who is originally from Buffalo, NY, is no stranger to heavy snow. The Federal Government is closed today as well as many area schools. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres’ morning skate was already considered optional on Tuesday, but heavy snowfall made the team take such a label more seriously today.

(If you follow sports, you know that “optional” isn’t always that far off from “mandatory, and an absence might land you a fine.”)

Head coach Ted Nolan told WGR-AM 550 (via the Buffalo News) that it looks like tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks is still on, for now. That said, travel hasn’t been easy in the area.

“Talking to a few people, especially the training staff who live outside the area in those snowbelt areas, it’s pretty ugly,” Nolan said. “It doesn’t look good to even make it to the rink this morning for our morning skate.”

Honestly, a weather update caused a double-take: three-to-five inches of snow per hour in November? It appears to be true, though:

Just look at what the Buffalo News’ John Vogl is dealing with:

Again, Nolan said “so far, so good” as far as the game happening. If a cancellation happens, it would likely come this afternoon.

/Braces for some “Game of Thrones"-inspired “Winter is Coming” jokes ...

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