Chautauqua, southern Erie buried in lake effect snow

IRVING, N.Y. (WIVB) — The gas price may have said $2.15 a gallon at the Kwik Fill just south of Irving, but it offered much more for weather-weary travelers. What it offered was an oasis — or at least a short, warm break from the wall of snow outside.

“They’re cold. They come in wet, cold and snowy,” said station clerk Lorrie Garlow, of Silver Creek.

It was a tough haul for Garlow as well. Sure, she got to work, but it wasn’t easy.

“I had a five minute drive, it took me an hour,” she said. “I was in the ditch. My boss had to send someone to come get me.”

Plow driver Brian Sheldon knew early it was going to be a long day.

“I started very early this morning, about 2 o’clock in the morning, and I don’t know when it’s going to end,” said Sheldon, of Forestville. “It might end in two or three days.”

But it’s good for a business that has been slow all winter — until Monday.

“There hasn’t been nothing lately, just one little other time, a quick one,” Sheldon said. “But that was just a dusting. I was hoping that’s what it was going to be today, but we’re not going to get to bed too early tonight.”

Jonathan Gaffney of Rochester, was headed for Ohio, when he met stopped traffic on the Thruway.

“People seem to be driving pretty well,” Gaffney said. “Nobody is driving really erratically and there’s only been for as bad as it is out, the roads are super slippery, it’s just wild with how slow paced it is.

“This is probably the craziest thing,” he said. “Obviously, I’m pretty young and I haven’t done that many winters. I’ve lived in Rochester and I’ve driven like this, but I’ve driven through this section and it’s been this bad, but it’s never been stop-and-go like this.”

The Angola service station also was shut down, as state police were turning people away until late into the evening.

 

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