Bills, Sabres can’t get to practice as lake-effect storm wallops Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills and Sabres already are seeing their plans change after a lake-effect snowstorm started to wallop the area.

The Bills, who on Thursday moved Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns to Detroit’s indoor Ford Field, cancelled practice on Friday and will meet virtually.

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The team had said Thursday it planned to fly to Detroit on Saturday.

The National Weather Service said 18.5 inches of snow (46 cm) had fallen in Orchard Park, N.Y., home of the Bills, in the past 24 hours, as of Friday morning.

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A travel ban remained in effect in Orchard Park as of Friday morning.

Meanwhile, Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reported the Sabres’ practice planned for Friday in downtown Buffalo was on hold.

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The team is scheduled to play in Toronto against the Maple Leafs on Saturday — normally about a two-hour drive.

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