Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “We’re doing everything we can do just to keep the hills and the main drags open,” said Hawkes. “We just can’t keep up.”
Hawkes didn’t expect to begin winning the battle with Mother Nature until early Saturday.
“We haven’t done any of the side streets or the alleys yet,” Hawkes noted. “Sometimes it’s just easier to go out after midnight when there’s no cars on the road.”
Despite the treacherous conditions, there were very few snow-related mishaps in the city.
While city employees waged their war with the snow on the streets, residents had the back-breaking chore of clearing their driveways and sidewalks. Some ventured outside several times throughout the day while others opted to wait until the last flake had fallen.
In every neighborhood, the sound of shovels scraping driveways and snow blowers chugging could be heard.
Snow was expected to taper off overnight as the storm continued east, merging with a second storm driving up the East Coast to create a powerful nor’easter that was creating blizzard conditions in some areas of New York state and New England.
Locally, true to forecasters’ predictions, the farther north one went, the higher the snow totals.
According to the National Weather Service, a snow spotter in Youngstown had reported 12.1 inches of snow just before 5 p.m. Friday. Lockport had recorded 9 inches by 3:30 p.m.; Pendleton had 6.4 inches at 3:15 p.m. However, the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga had recorded just 3.3 inches by 3:45 p.m.