Share this article

Weather

print logo

Amid reports that staff have been forced to turn back home because of driving bans, Kaleida Health has issued a call reminding managers, supervisors and those in essential positions they are required to report to work as scheduled.Essential positions include those jobs that affect the delivery of patient care, as well as support positions like dietary, laundry, laboratorie…

With the streets blocked by snow and near-zero visibility, Mercy Hospital relied on an emergency plan – along with some outside help – polished from past storm experience.The South Buffalo hospital canceled elective surgery.Administrators asked staff members to stay beyond their regular shifts – not that they had much chance of driving home anyway.Administrators checked to…

The heavy snow fall, the kind that dropped three to four feet on the South Towns, never reached the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.But that doesn’t mean air travelers didn’t find themselves stranded.“Canceled” was the message on the airport’s Departures and Arrivals screens for about half of the planes landing or leaving this morning.“The runway has been open the wh…

Like other residential health centers in the hard-hit areas, Seneca Health Care Center in West Seneca was prepared for the storm and is facing the weather crisis “with a smile,” said Amy Schleer, director of nursing.“I have all my night staff here, and we have had people from every department make it in,” she said. “We’re fine.”Together the staff members – nurses, aides an…

So you’re sore from pushing your car out of a snow drift?Just imagine how Washington Lewis and several others feel. They freed an NFTA bus with shovels and their muscles.The bus on the Filmore 23 route got caught in a snow bank on Bailey Avenue near South Park Avenue in South Buffalo.Lewis, the bus driver, got some help from an NFTA police officer, a couple of passengers a…

The picture in Lancaster couldn’t look worse after being pummeled all day and all night in the heart of the storm.Fingers chopped off as people try to clear their snowblowers. Plow trucks that barely get in or out of highway barns because of stranded cars. Ambulances stuck in drifts giving way to rescue-equipped snowmobiles responding to emergencies.“It’s like Beirut here,…

Amherst

Town of Tonawanda and Amherst residents might have wondered what the fuss was all about Tuesday morning – and been grateful that they live in the Northtowns.“I’m looking out my back window now, and you can still see the grass,” Town of Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi said at midmorning.But when he looked to the sky, he saw the great divide in Western New York weather.…

Hamburg

Two feet of snow are cause for many businesses to close.For Joel Best, owner of the Now Pizzeria in Hamburg, it is a reason to open early.Normally open at 11 a.m., Best had the “Open” sign lit up at 10 this morning despite the pummeling of snow the Southtowns is enduring. The neon was a beacon of light in an otherwise ghost town scene in the Village of Hamburg.“I started s…

Crime

About 150 trucks and cars were stuck on the Thruway throughout the day Tuesday, mostly near the Lackawanna toll barrier, as the relentless storm pummeled South Buffalo and the Southtowns with foot upon foot of snow.Paul and Lisa Winter of Eden were marooned in their Chevy Avalanche since about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Paul picked up Lisa from the airport.“No one’s even che…

Eden enacted a travel ban at mid-morning, when the band of lake effect snow drifted south, but plows were on the roads taking care of business.“It doesn’t look like it’s getting any better,” Supervisor Glenn R. Nellis said.Business was slow at Shurfine Food Mart, where they have plenty of bread and milk, but gas is getting low.The small grocery store on Route 62, with two …

Cheektowaga is a town divided.The area south of Walden Road is dealing with accumulations of four feet or more while north of Walden few if any weather problems exist from the lake effect storm.“We’re still trying to get it under control in south Cheektowaga,” dispatcher Nancy Szymkowiak said at midmorning. “Cars are hindering the trucks and blocking the path to secondary …

The storm scored a bullseye in South Buffalo, where whiteout conditions continue to make driving nearly impossible.“It's as if we are living inside a dark cloud,” said a woman on Spaulding Street.Another resident described the situation as worse than the blizzards of last year.Two vehicles were stuck in about three feet of snow outside her house between Durant Street and S…

Local News

If your storm catches the attention of the Weather Channel, you know it is packing some power.“This impresses us,” Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes said of the snowstorm pelting the Southtowns this morning.Bettes was reporting from the Main-Buffalo roundabout in Hamburg, his location since moving north from Erie, Pa., on Monday.Western New York’s snow belt towns a…

“Unbelievable!”That’s how Orchard Park Highway Superintendent Fred J. Piasecki describes the two to feet three feet of snow that had fallen this morning.“In the 10 years I’ve been here, I don’t think I’ve seen it snow this hard for this long a period,” he said. “It has not let up since last night.”The town has been at the very southern edge of the lake effect snow band pou…