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Snow slams Southern Tier

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Those in the Southern Tier are dealing with more than cold temperatures this week, as many areas have been hit hard with snow. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti gives us a look at the conditions and spoke with residents about how they're handling the storm.

PERRYSBURG, N.Y. -- While it might look like a lot to deal with, Kristina Santiago says the foot or so of snow in her driveway Tuesday is normal for winter in Perrysburg.

"We always seem to get hit harder, even than Gowanda, which is like right next door," said Santiago.

So she and her daughter Leila are planning ahead, in case the snow sticks around.

"We're trying to get more supplies for home, so that's why we're trying to shovel everything out to be able to go," said Santiago.

At the Perrysburg Diner, you wouldn't even have to go outside to tell the weather's bad, based on the amount of customers around lunch time.

"People aren't coming out. I don't know, it's cold, they can't see, so it's been slower today. I mean, what do you do? We got spoiled the last couple years, so now it just kind of hit like a rock," said Michelene Washy, a waitress at the diner.

Chautauqua County's also being reminded what a typical winter is like in Western New York. Snow plows have been out clearing the way for drivers since 5 a.m. Monday - and remind motorists to drive according to the conditions.

"Especially when the roads are snow covered and slippery, more so when it's lake effect snow and blowing conditions. Visibility's poor, stopping distance is extended, gotta remember to leave extra room around snow plows. We're big, we take up a lot of room, we stop, we back up, we turn in intersections, so try to stay back," said Steve Rexford of the Chautauqua County Division of Transportation.

And although the snow and cold temperatures might cause trouble on the roadways, they're ideal for the slopes at Peek 'n Peak.

"We had to drive up, it was just looking so nice with the storm last night. They're fantastic today, if you want to hit the terrain park, now's the time to go. Even if you fall, you're cushioned by some powder," said Ashley Viray of Newcastle, Pennsylvania.

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