Winter weather impacting Niagara County residents

NEWFANE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Up in northern Niagara county, residents are digging out after many areas along Lake Ontario received between seven and nine inches of snow.

“I don’t usually see this kind of snow that often,” said Dan, who is shoveling multiple drives with his buddy in Olcott.  “I just wanted to have my vehicle ready to go in the morning.”

 

Ready to go, clear of Wednesday’s snow, before seeing more keep falling through the night. These guys say they’re having fun and loving this February snowfall.

Another person enjoying the storm is Daniel Gundlach who we find riding his snowmobile on the streets in the northern part of the county.

“It gets better the further north,” said Gundlach, from Newfane. “I rode like 11 miles which isn’t much but I made it happen.”

This winter, he has had to chase the snow, taking his new toy out and traveling with it to different locations. He’s happy the snow is finally falling up his way.

“I can just leave the garage and let it rip,” said Gundlach.

While he is heading out into the storm, many others aren’t which is impacting business at Cafora’s in Newfane.

“It’s a lot slower than usual,” said Malina, a worker at the Italian restaurant in Niagara County. “Usually we’re pretty busy with a full dining room.”

Other Cafora’s employees tell us they expected to be slammed with it being Ash Wednesday but it seems the snow kept patrons away.

After seeing what’s going on outside, wet snow falling and temperatures dropping, the restaurant workers understand why they’re having a slow night, especially after checking out the road conditions and seeing crashes like the one we came upon in Appleton during the afternoon.

“A truck was coming down the road, hit a slick spot and turned over in a ditch on is side,” said Gary Snyder, the fire chief at Miller Hose fire company.  They’re all volunteer and Wednesday, the fire company responded to 9 calls; in contrast, on a usual Wednesday they have just 1 or 2 calls. The uptick in activity is putting a strain on their manpower.

“There are a lot of challenges,” said Chief Snyder. “It takes us a little longer getting to the scene with snow like this.”

 

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