With Western New York getting dumped on with 6 to 8 feet of snow in some cities the past three days, the snow annihilation left many motorists stranded on highways or confined people to their houses. Cities such as Cheektowaga, West Seneca, and Lackawanna have been hit the hardest, the snow and blustery conditions lingering. Parts of the 219, Interstate 90, and the 190 Thruways have been closed. Erie County declared a state of emergency, the travel ban still not lifted. Schools and activities have been cancelled. Families are shoveling out their driveways around the clock with minimal spots to throw the snow. Some families could not open their doors. Other families watched their doors burst open from the heavy snow, others watched the roof collapse. Whether you are an LGBT or straight family, Buffalo’s “Snovember,” storm has stunned parents and kids alike, especially the Lundgren family in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
The Lundgren family spoke to me this morning about their experience this past week, the family’s three boys off from school. Yesterday, Lynn Lundgren woke up to her doorway jammed by a landslide of snow. The mother expressed her thoughts about Western New York’s early winter. Said Lundgren, “Fasten your seatbelts. The snow started strong and early this year. We are in for a real long and rough winter!”
Lundgren’s grim outlook is felt by many Western New York residents, who have spent three days snow blowing and shoveling with little progress. With snowplows forced to focus on thruways, highways, and main roads, Lundgren’s street was finally plowed this morning. Fortunately, the family has enough food and water, their power not affected by the heavy snowfall.
“The snow is at least two feet taller than me!” said 10-year old Damian, amazed by the amount of lake effect snow. “I am happy that we don’t have to go to school.”
His brother River, a fourth grader, expressed similar sentiments with his words of “There’s so much snow that it’s covering our entire yard.” River, who remembered that he has a birthday party this week-end that could be cancelled added, “Curse the snow!”
London, the family’s youngest child, turned five this month. The last time that the I-90 thruway closed was on the day of his first birthday party in 2010, some family members unable to attend the party. Experiencing the first debilitating Buffalo snowstorm that will stick in his memory, the youngster had a sunnier outlook on this week’s storm, stating, “I like the snow. I’m happy that I’m off from school, but I like the snow!”
Whether you like the snow or not, it will take some time to take clear the snow away. One major problem is where to put the snow. The current travel ban has also made things more difficult. In a press conference yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stressed the importance of being a responsible citizen and not driving onto roads that are closed. Some motorists were stuck on major highways for over 24 hours.
The Lundgren family, a family of Buffalo Bills’ fans, is waiting to see if the Bills and Jets game is still on this Sunday. With the Bills’ administration estimating about 220,000 tons of lake effect snow in Ralph Wilson Stadium, Bills fans can earn $10 per hour and a free game ticket for shoveling snow out of the stadium. While the Bills hope to host the game as scheduled, the NFL will make the final call.
Are you a family who has been impacted by Buffalo’s ‘Snovember’ storm? Please describe your experience with a comment on my page.