HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB)- Monday’s winter weather was a welcome sight for Western New York skiers and snowboarders, but it made for a long and dangerous commute.
“I’m already 20 minutes behind schedule,” said Sherrie Szczpanski of Orchard Park.
Heavy winds, snow and sleet created a perfect storm for drivers on Springville roads.
“The black ice underneath, and then you can’t see where you’re going and as you’re driving you’re trying to find those mile markers to be able to say okay, this is where the road is,” Szczpanski said.
School bus driver Alfrieda Wilson took it extra slow on the 219, and made sure her four-ways were on.
But the sudden shift in conditions, she said, is what made the commute so hard
Whiteout conditions picked up along Rice Road just outside Springville, in Colden.
“The snow started to come, the winds, it was slippery,” Wilson told News 4 as she chipped away at ice on her windshield.
Just as suddenly as it came, it let up. Around eight Monday morning, plows finally had a chance to play catch-up.
“The plows are out there, they’re keeping the streets clean. The snow plows are cleaning the side walks, and were in pretty good shape. We’ll get through it. It’s just a winter storm in Springville,” said Springville resident Stan Handzlik.
25 miles north of Springville, Hamburg, which was already dealing with heavy winds, got another dose of lake effect.
“It’s mostly a lot of ice that’s getting frozen over. So, I mean we have a lot of high lifts that get all the loose snow, but mostly we need to use the blades in the front of scrape it off,” said snow plow driver Joshua Petrie of Hamburg.
Petrie didn’t spot any major accidents yet, but said the morning was full of close calls.
“I see a lot of people, they’ll catch the light at just the right time. It’ll just turn red and they’ll slide and just go through it anyway,” he said.