Machine breaks apart Old Central Terminal snow pile

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – This afternoon, city workers showed up with a wheel loader to break the snow pile at the Old Central Terminal in Buffalo’s East Side. The idea was to remove the insulation, break up the densely-packed ice, and spread it around. This will finally allow the warm air and sun’s rays to actually reach the snow and ice, and speed the melting process up dramatically.

When over 10,000 truckloads of snow were dumped at the Old Central Terminal in Buffalo’s East Side after our historic November snow, no one realized it would still be there late in the Summer. But as the pile began to melt this Spring, trash, dirt, and even grass gave the pile a protective insulating shell.

Insulation is exactly why the snow pile survived to see, and last through Buffalo’s first 90 degree day in the past 2 years. It is the same thought process that was used to store ice before refrigerators were invented. Back then, large blocks of ice were cut out of frozen lakes in the winter, then covered in an insulating layer of sawdust and hay, and stored so they would last through the summer.

Now that the snow pile has been broken apart, the melting process will increase dramatically. 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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