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Western New Yorkers cleaning up after first big snowfall

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Western New Yorkers are cleaning up after the first significant snow fall of the season. YNN's Kevin Jolly looks at how many people south of the city are dealing with the first big snow.

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. — All over Western New York, from Buffalo to Hamburg, residents are shoveling, plowing, and blowing away the mess Ole Man Winter left behind.

“I started since seven; I'm still going. I been helping out the neighbors and stuff but the Bobcat ain't doing that much I need something bigger," said James Gray.

Well, if a Bobcat isn't enough, you can always do what one South Buffalo family did: hire Rick Shuster to help you out.

"They'll throw you five, ten bucks, you go to the next guy, keep doing it all day long. It's what we waited for the snow y'all," said Shuster.

Shuster wasn't the only one out trying to turn the snow fall into a financial windfall. Jose Sanchez and his buddy Ace went from neighborhood to neighborhood with shovels in hand.

“We're shoveling around, helping people out. That's a little help we got. We don't got no school, it's vacation, so that's all we could do," said Sanchez.

In Hamburg, Tony Sebastiano was busy all night trying to keep ahead of the snowfall.

"I'm a little bit strange, I like to keep up on it. I'll go out every few inches; I don't like doing it all in one shot. It's too much. I'll go out a couple times a night," said Sebastiano.

After a warmer winter with less snow than normal last year, YNN meteorologists predict a much more average winter this year, and average for Western New York means we can probably expect more of this before the winter's over.

And that's just fine with South Buffalo resident John Zawistowski.

"I love this. That's what I love about Buffalo," said Zawistowski. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP