More than a foot of snow was dumped onto the Western New York region overnight, making the morning commute a bit tricky. As YNN's Kate McGowan explains, it's now the calm after the storm, as people work to shovel out.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Many Western New Yorkers were digging out Thursday morning after snow and ice blanketed the region.
"Man it's crazy, too much snow. And I have to shovel all the way through the backyard because my mom's car is all the way in the backyard."
The snow began falling Wednesday evening and didn't let up.
Weather officials say the storm's intensity peaked in the early morning hours, bringing down heavy flakes.
"Very heavy, very very heavy and at about two feet high because it all blew and drifted."
The National Weather Service says snow totals in Buffalo reached nearly 13 inches, but the Rochester suburb of Greece received 14 inches overnight.
"She hit us hard and heavy but she ended around 2 a.m. which allowed us to clear the primary streets, our main streets and go to the residential."
Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak says in the City of Buffalo, plows worked around the clock to clear the main and secondary roads. After that clean up, they focused on residential and side streets.
But some Buffalo residents say their efforts may not have been fast enough.
"When I first came home, there was somebody stuck right there, like at the corner. Somebody stuck on Broadway and Bailey, somebody stuck right here. It don't make no sense that they have no plows but we don't have them on these side streets."
But Theresa Kremar of Buffalo made the best of it.
"I feel real good, yeah... good work out. I started shoveling down the street on my property at 6:30 this morning. I'm just helping my neighbor now."
Whether you stayed inside and kept warm, or braved the cold outdoors, some say the snow is what Buffalo is all about.
"I love it because we don't have it that long."
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