Snowy roads to ring in New Year

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Many Western New Yorkers were waking up with a Lake Effect Snow Advisory in effect on New Year’s Day, and that was creating some difficult driving conditions around the area.

Conditions around the area varied pretty widely Friday morning, from just a light dusting of snow in the Northtowns, to a fully snow-covered scene in Elma. With snow covering many roadways, it was all too easy for drivers to lose control.

Our News 4 crew heard several reports of cars of the road because of the slippery conditions, and saw some backups because of crashes, like one that blocked a lane of the 33 near the airport mid-morning. Around that same time, our crew witnessed a minor crash involving three vehicles on Dick Road just south of Genesee Street, after one car lost control while trying to turn a corner, and bumped into two other vehicles that were waiting at a red light.

Every year, it seems like it takes drivers a while to get back into the swing of things for winter driving and this year is no exception now that the snow is finally here. “It’s overdue actually, so we’re lucky we got away with it so far,” said Dave Pohle, a West Seneca resident who was driving in the heavy snow Friday morning.

The lack of snow earlier this winter before pushed back the opening of the local ski slopes. Kissing Bridge postponed its New Year’s Eve fireworks until after opening day on the 6th, and they’ve been busy making snow this week.

Holiday Valley was celebrating the snow Friday, applauding “good vibes” on Twitter:

“I think it will be great to get those businesses going. It’s a big draw for the kids in the area,” said Stacey Wekemann, who works in South Buffalo, and says she’s alright with the snow.

While there are some people who have been looking forward to the snow, others say this is not how they wanted to ring in the New Year. “I hope we don’t see too much of it,” said Roger Sax, who noted it’s easier to ride his bicycle without too much snow.

“I’m glad it’s held off. I’m more of a summer person,” said Lancaster resident Ken Tys, who told News 4 he was dreading the snow coming this year.

With weather like this, though, summer seems a long way away at this point. So for now, everyone really needs to be careful out there. “Just take it slow. It’s a little slippery and the visibility’s not so good. So make sure you brush your car off and take your time,” Pohle said.

“We’re Buffalonians. We’ll get through it,” Tys laughed.

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