I-90 in Buffalo [Via govtech.com]
So while I was out Tuesday night, plowing streets with my car and rescuing stuck friends, folks in Buffalo were getting pounded by snow far worse than we were here.
Having spent a good portion of my life living in the Niagara Region, I’ve been a visitor to Buffalo on many occasions. I’ve been there during a winter storm, but I’ve never seen anything like what they’ve been dealing with for the last few days. Hell, the city hasn’t seen a storm that bad in 40 years.
Buffalo has the misfortune of being located right on the northeast edge of Lake Erie, which makes it a hotspot all winter long for Lake Effect snow. However, a single storm like this is uncanny for the area. More snow fell in one day than was expected all season long.
New York state governor Andrew Cuomo called the snowfall “a historic event.”
“Mother Nature is showing us who’s boss again,” Cuomo said at a press briefing in Cheektowaga.
He said it was going to be a multi-day effort to combat the massive snowstorm in Western New York.
Hundreds of equipment from across the state and from neighboring states have been brought in.
Hundreds of National Guard troops have been deployed to assist local and county officials and more are being brought in, Cuomo said.
Officials warned that more severe snow is expected tonight.
“This is and extraordinarily difficult situation,” Cuomo said. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”
The governor warned that there could be potential flooding after the warming begins.
He asked citizens for their cooperation in the efforts. “When we say, stay at home, really stay at home,” Cuomo said.
The snow busted in people’s front doors.
Not sure what happened here, but a listener tweeted us this of a house in Cheektowaga: pic.twitter.com/AmDrVjaHIO
— WBEN NewsRadio 930AM (@NewsRadio930) November 19, 2014
It also trapped people on the highways.
Photo from Caitlin Battaglia who is stuck on the Thruway near Lackawanna tolls. pic.twitter.com/RVcJCi7q1b
— WGRZ (@WGRZ) November 19, 2014
And it coated entire neighborhoods.
— Derek Gee (@DerekGeePhoto) November 19, 2014
While all this snow was happening, the Buffalo Sabres (fresh off embarrassing the Leafs on Saturday night) were playing the San Jose Sharks. Apparently the water dwellers didn’t do so well in the cold, because the Sabres came out with a 4-1 victory. Though they were able to get that game in, yesterday’s game against the New York Rangers was postponed due to snow.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) November 20, 2014
At least the Sabres get to play inside a covered building, the First Niagara Center. The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, do not have that option… And the snowstorm was not kind to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 21, 2014
At first, the Bills wanted to hire hundreds of Buffalo residents to help dig out the stadium, offering $10/hour and free tickets to the game. Understandably, in a city where people were still unable to get around at all, the team came up against some harsh criticism.
So instead, the Bills sent out a fleet of snowmobiles to pick up players and flew the team out of town!
The Buffalo Bills are Detroit Bound. pic.twitter.com/YW9k0dEl0f
— Alissa Chandler (@AlissaChandler) November 21, 2014
Where are they headed? To Detroit! The NFL announced on Thursday that Sunday’s Bills-Jets game would be taking place on Monday at 7 PM at Ford Field. The game could have gone as scheduled tomorrow evening (since the Detroit Lions are playing in New England), but since the Bills haven’t had a chance to practice all week, they were given an extra day to prepare.
But the best part of all? All tickets to this game are FREE! That’s right, you can go see an NFL game for free!
— john_kucko (@john_kucko) November 21, 2014
From the Detroit Free Press:
Free ticket offers are being distributed via email to Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions season-ticket members today. The method of delivery will be Flash Seats, the Lions’ digital-entry ticketing system.
Flash Seats allows fans to enter with a digital ID such as a credit card or driver’s license as well as with the Flash Seats mobile app. More information regarding Flash Seats is available at detroitlions.com.
The public will have an opportunity for free tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at detroitlions.com.
Tickets also will be available at the Ford Field box office between 10 a.m.-3 p.m Sunday and beginning at 10 a.m. Monday.
Sadly, 13 people have died as a result of this storm so far, and Western New Yorkers are not out of the woods just yet. They, like us, are expecting warm temperatures throughout the weekend which likely means flooding, and that obviously means a good chance of more danger. Hoping for all the best for our friends across the border!