Buffalo's snowstorm results in flurry of changed plans

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- An early fall snowstorm has played havoc with Buffalo sports teams.

Two feet of snow has forced the University at Buffalo to postpone its football game against Miami of Ohio on Saturday.

Bulls spokesman Jon Fuller said Friday the school is assessing whether the game can be pushed back to Sunday, but a decision won't be made until Saturday. Much of that will depend on the weather cooperating because there is currently more than a foot of snow covering the Buffalo stadium turf, and the school doesn't have the capacity to clear it in such a short time.

If the game can't be played Sunday, it might have to be canceled altogether because of scheduling conflicts.

The region's sports schedule was disrupted by a rare early snowstorm Thursday night that left parts of the Great Lakes and Midwest blanketed with 2 feet of snow and 391,000 homes and businesses without electricity in western New York.

The NHL's Buffalo Sabres intend to host the New York Rangers on Saturday night, but a final decision won't be made until Saturday, team spokesman Michael Gilbert said. On Saturday morning the team said on its Web site it expected to play the game as planned.

Gilbert added the Rangers confirmed plans to travel to Buffalo after the city's airport was reopened Friday afternoon and the team was notified its hotel has power.

The Sabres played at Detroit on Friday night. The Sabres traveled to Detroit early Thursday afternoon, hours before the storm hit Buffalo, and the team is not expected to experience any delays when it returns home after the game.

The NFL's Buffalo Bills, who play at Detroit on Sunday, are not expected to be affected by the weather and the team was scheduled to travel Saturday.

The Bills were forced to rearrange their schedule Friday, pushing their practice back by two hours to allow time for their players to travel to the team's Orchard Park headquarters.

Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said the team had drivers sent to pick up some players at their homes because of the conditions and a region wide-imposed driving ban.

UB also postponed its men's and women's soccer games Friday. The men were scheduled to host Western Michigan and the women, Toledo. The school also postponed its men's and women's swim meet Saturday.

Make-up dates have not been determined.