BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – While some people are missing the snow this winter, many people were out and about on Friday taking advantage of the warmer weather while it lasts.
Enjoying the mild temps this week, it’s hard to remember that on this date last year, Western New Yorkers were digging out from yet another heavy snow.
On December 11, 2014, several inches of snow fell very quickly during the morning commute after a night of heavy snow, bringing traffic to a crawl across the area.
Today, the roads are snow free, as we continue to set a new record for the latest measurable snowfall of the year. A lot of people are spending time outside, to take advantage of the unseasonable warmth. “It’s great. It’s absolutely great and I’m going to run again all weekend because it’s supposed to be 60 on Sunday,” said Kate Haq, who was running in Delaware Park Friday morning.
Obviously, temperatures anywhere near 60 degrees are a far cry from what we saw at this time last year. Then, everything was white with snow; now, the scene is green and bathed in sunlight.
And, all around there are clear signs of just how different things are. Our News 4 caught up with Buffalo Resident Thomas Morrissey as he was loading his grandson’s sled into the back of his car, ahead of a planned trip to go pick out a Christmas Tree. This was the first time the sled has been out all season, and Morrissey said he was expecting a very different experience getting his tree this year compared to last year’s trip. “There was like two feet of snow, we had to dig the snow all around from the tree in order to get down there to cut the tree to put it in here, so I’m sure that today we won’t have that problem,” he said.
Last year’s snow on this date caused all sorts of problems for traffic, but now, shop owners in Elmwood Village are counting on the milder weather to drive traffic into their stores, especially with all the Christmas in the Village events planned for this weekend.
Friday night, many of the businesses throughout the Village will be offering holiday receptions and special deals, while Santa will be popping around many stores from 5-8 p.m. Santa will also be available for pictures outside the Elmwood Village Association office from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Elmwood Village Association reps say the milder weather has already helped boost business over the last few weeks, and they’re hopeful that boom will continue this weekend. “I think people are more likely, to if they park in one place, to stop at several different stores. If it’s cold you might be like, ‘Oh, I’m going to go home,’ but I think the weather helps,” said Angela Keppel, Assistant Director of the Elmwood Village Association.
That said, if you’ve put out holiday decorations outside your home, you will want to keep an eye on the weather, especially on Friday. We are expecting some strong wind gusts, so you’ll want to make sure everything is well-secured and tied down.
News 4 video journalist Dan Summerville found some people out playing golf and even one person riding a motorcycle in the warm weather this week in the video below: