Old Man Winter Hovers Over WNY

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 5:13 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 19, 2013 at 5:13 AM EDT


Springville, NY (WKBW) - Our taste of spring seems like a distant memory thanks to a wintry weather system moving through Western New York.

The sloppy mix of snow and rain is causing some concern for commuter Monday night through Tuesday morning.

The region has seen cold, ice, rain, wind and snow starting Monday afternoon.

Jacob Burroughs, from Little Valley, says, "It's crazy how it's still snowing in March."

"Honestly, I'm sick of it," adds Chrissy Rung.

She's not alone. Old Man Winter is determined to keep his grip on Western New York.

It's a far cry from this time last year, when temperatures were in the 70's.

Joe Detrick of Springville says, "I guess it's not as easy as it was last year, but it could be worse."

Even while looking at snow covered roads and shoveling driveways, some residents in the Southtowns say they are glad this late-winter blast did not come when spring is in full bloom, which has happened in years past.

Debi Lickfield of Concord explains she has seen ""The trees all start to bud, (when a winter storm) messed up all the cherry trees and apple trees."

A lot of people say this weather should be expected.

"It's Western New York," says Jon Sieminski of Ellicottville. "Buck up and deal with it."

Areas that do not have a fresh layer of snow dealt with breezy conditions throughout the afternoon.

Chrissy Rung says at her home, "You can't even close your front door. You actually have to hold it to close it -- it's so windy."

Trish Hutchinson says "It's horrible to drive in, the weather's just rotten -- but we've got great powder for skiing, so ski season's lasting just a little bit longer!"

There are plenty of people with that optimistic attitude.

Peter Gould, who came to Holiday Valley from Toronto, says, "I like the snow -- I'm here for the winter and skiing and I like it this way."

In many areas, once the night came, temperatures warmed up, bringing a wintry mix of ice and rain. Spring, which officially starts Wednesday, cannot come soon enough for many Western New Yorkers.