Buffalo Deals with Deep Freeze

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 22, 2011 at 12:29 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 21, 2011 Updated Jan 22, 2011 at 12:29 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) As darkness fell Friday night over Downtown Buffalo, so did the temperature. Single digit temps and wind chills below zero chilled the Queen City.

It was was no more apparent than outside the HSBC Arena. Fans hurried inside to see the Sabres in action, but also to get out of the cold. When asked about the weather, the common response was "It's so cold!"

Life was even harder for those who had to work outside, like security guard Patrick Wozniak.

"I just talked to a guy today who went to Minnesota and said 'you can keep your cold and we'll take our snow.' I totally agree. We'll take the snow, this bitter cold is hard to deal with," he said.

Others tried to make the best of the cold, by skating at rotary rink on Main Street. Russ Jones brought his family out.

"Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. My wife has the kids bundled up. I'm surprised they can move. But nobody is getting frostbite tonight," he joked.

Shamell Payne used the cold as an opportunity to work on his skating moves.

"The weather is great. This is what Buffalo is all about, the cold weather. And good thing we've got the ice skating rink, because there wouldn't be any ice to skate on," he said.

With such bitter cold, the Red Cross gives these safety tips:
1. Dress in layers - the more the better
2. Stay dry - and remove wet clothes immediately
3. Wear insulated boots, gloves, and a hat
4. Know the warning signs of hypothermia - including shivering and dizziness

Because of the cold, the city has enacted its Code Blue, and anyone who needs a place to stay amidst the frigid temperatures can go to local warming shelters, located at the Buffalo City Mission or St. Luke's Mission of Mercy. Those shelters will be open during the overnight hours anytime the temperature drops below ten degrees.