Clipped From Indiana Gazette
Buffalo snow tops '77 blizzard LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) —While coming nowhere close to being as ferocious as the blizzard of 1977, the Buffalo area's recent snowfall did top the famed blizzard in one catego- iry —total snowfall. ; The snowfall for Sunday and Monday did produce more snow than the blizzard of '77, averaging 5.2 inches, at Greater Buffalo International Airport. The notorious blizzard dropped just Wi inches of snow. What made the blizzard so treacherous were the winds that gusted to 69 mph and the wind-chill factor that dipped to 50 degrees below zero. Monday's winds averaged 26 mph with gusts of 39 mph. And unlike the blizzard of '77, only a handful of schools were closed and two businesses shut its doors because of the weather. The snow began falling at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in some areas. The suburbs of Lancaster and Depew .were hit hardest, recording the largest accumulation with 12 inches each. The snow continued into early Monday, dumping 6 inches on Tona- 'wanda, Batavia and the Buffalo airport in suburban Cheektowaga. "It was nasty yesterday, it was horrible," Lt. Vance Scioli of Depew police said Monday. "It was hectic. Cars were stuck all over the place." "We've had worse storms, that's for sure," he added. In Lancaster, plows hit the streets at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and left for home at 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. "The initial people went out for 18 hours," said Bill Natalzia, deputy supervisor for Lancaster's public works department. "It's a little messy. We're used to it." The Buffalo airport was closed for more than three hours Sunday night because of whiteouts caused by blowing snow, while crews worked to remove 5 inches of snow from the runways. The snow has had several effects on residents of Depew and Lancaster, hindering some businesses, helping others, and forcing people to change their plans. "I've been out here three hours," said Penny Rembecki, with shovel in hand. "It weighs a ton," she said of the snow that once covered her driveway. Picway Shoes in Depew had more customers today than most Mondays. "Today is busier. People who didn't have boots, or grew out of them last year ... finally, when it snows, the last-minute people come out and buy new boots," said Meg Hoare, a salesperson.