Snow and ice create headaches for commuters

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Overnight winter weather made for a messy Wednesday morning commute. A layer of ice under snow that continued to fall through the morning created very difficult driving conditions in some spots.

That led several area school districts to cancel classes for the day rather than risk sending the buses out on slippery streets.

A lot of people had trouble even getting out on the roads in the first place because of the ice coating their cars.

News 4’s Katie Alexander woke up to find her car doors were frozen shut because of the ice.

Scraping that ice was a challenge for many drivers before they hit the roads. Gaye Coston, a Buffalo resident, showed News 4 the scraper she broke while trying to get the ice off her car Wednesday morning. “I had to run back in the house to find something else to scrape it with, so I just found some old vacuum cleaner part and just started chugging away at it,” she said.

Other drivers had easier strategies. “It was more of a turn the heat on and let it blast until all the ice melted and then jump in and go,” said Shaun Asbury, a Tonawanda resident, who said having a remote starter around here is a must.

“I have the autostarter. It’s just ‘Boom.’  Done,” agreed Getzville resident Anthony Greco.

Once drivers got on the road, some found some very slick spots as they were driving around.

Commuters who usually take the train were also dealing with problems. The NFTA had to suspend its surface rail service Wednesday morning because of ice on the wires and dead trains. The trains continued to run in the tunnels, and shuttles were running every ten minutes for the rest of the line.

Service was back to normal by 11:15 a.m.

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