Northtowns Dig Out From the Snow

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) - The Northtowns, does not often seem accumulations like what was seen Wednesday night into Thursday.

Drivers faced the worst conditions they have seen in years, however the plows caught up.

Some of the roads were a bit slushy on Thursday, but not too much out of the normal for Western New York.

Clearing the roads and sidewalks and digging out cars was a theme in the Northtowns on Thursday.

Snow totals ranged from more than seven inches to close to a foot in Northern Erie and Niagara Counties.

Anyone who hit the road Wednesday night faced a dangerous drive.

It took Heather Cain one and a half hours to drive from Lancaster to Lewiston. "It was scary," Cain says. "roads were really bad on the Thruways, we were going 20 miles per hour and there were cars in ditches."

Even with snow piled on top of cars, most roads in the Northtowns looked a lot better by morning.

Jack Migliore of Getzville noted "If you look around, the plow guys did a fantastic job. Let's face it all the streets are clear."

A lot of people in Buffalo welcome this much snow. Western New York has not seen a storm like Wednesday night's since December of 2010.

Cain remarks "it's about time, it's December! But it can go away now."

Zachary Stewart, who was scraping off his car in Amherst, says "I have a three and a half year old daughter and this year we didn't get out to play in the snow at all because there wasn't any. Today I'm going to get her out."

There is a lot of work to do when a foot of snow comes down.

John White, who just moved from Southern Ohio, says "It was much higher around the vehicles than what I thought it would be. So I've been out here shoveling since about 7:30."

Hilary Donegan says there was "a lot of digging."

However, for some, it's also a Western New York tradition.