Big chill has WNY under fierce grip

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The big chill has much of the nation under a fierce grip. In western New York, a lot of people wanted to know why schools opened Monday despite the bone-chilling January wind.

Bishop Richard Malone was expected to visit Saints Peter and Paul School, in Hamburg, Monday morning to kick off Catholic Schools week. That school is closed Monday, forcing the bishop to cancel his visit.

Many school districts in the southtowns are closed, because of the blowing snow and frigid temperatures. Some of those same districts are coming close to their yearly allotment of snow days for the year.

Many high school students had planned to take Regents exams, and if school was cancelled because of weather, those exams will be put off until June.

“It’s definitely cold for the little ones,” said Maria Kummer, the mother of a Hamburg student. “For a lot of the parents I know it’s kind of hard. So we were scrambling this morning, we had a lot of phone calls this morning, can we drop our kids off, you know.”

Amherst resident Shelly Sinatra said, “It think it was just the blowing snow that everyone was getting worked up about.”

Most major roadways in the region had congestion during Monday morning’s commute, likely due to messy conditions.

As the temperatures drop, the risk rises for problems with pipes. Local plumbers say they have been getting dozens of call and expect more Tuesday. Make sure you keep your water running, even at a slow trickle, and keep your hear high. Never use an open flame to defrost your pipes.  Chef’s Restaurant is dealing with a burst pipe in their building. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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