I was looking back at past winters, seeing how early it’s snowed. Sobering. Even this early in October there have been significant snows in the past. Whatever we get, it’s better than my last home.
I lived in Buffalo for four years. I don’t think most people understand how pervasive and localized Lake Effect snow can be.
My wife and I were married in Pennsylvania, so we drove to Erie for our marriage license. As we left our house, near downtown, there were flurries. Once we got to South Buffalo and the so-called Southtowns, the snow was moderate to heavy. Within ten miles we had left the snow and driven into the sunshine. It was that way, sunny, all the way to Erie.
On our way back, the bands had not moved. So, it was totally clear until the Southtowns, then moderate snow and back to flurries at home!
It snows often enough in Buffalo that my television station (WGRZ) had heated sidewalks and a heated driveway. The hot water pipes from the station ran close to the surface and water was shunted in when needed. I had never seen an installation like that before or since.
There were times when some snow was recorded every day for a week or more!
I do not miss Buffalo winters. I am not looking forward to winter here either.