Roller Coaster WNY Winter

January 18, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By By: Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 18, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM EDT

Hamburg, N.Y. (WKBW) - Old man winter has been popping in and out of Western New York this season, but Wednesday he showed up in many different forms.

We start in Hamburg, where early Wednesday morning the wind and snow were forces to be reckoned with.

"My car was going everywhere because of the high wind warning they got out," Driver Harmon Weisansal said.

If that wasn't enough, on Route 5 winds more than 60 miles per hour caused the waves to crash onto the shore and the road making for very slick on conditions. In fact, overnight that stretch of road was closed because it was too dangerous for drivers.

Many people said because of the roller coaster winter weather we've had, drivers are a bit out of sorts.

"I think when people get a taste of bad driving then get into reasonable driving, they forget the bad is coming again, so they have to re-educate themselves over and over on how to drive in bad weather," driver Tony Tatro said.

After all the wind in Hamburg, it was off to West Seneca where the wind died down but the snow piled up. Throughout the morning there were nearly white-out conditions.

"I came in an it just turned into a solid blizzard. I was surprised because yesterday it was around 50 degrees...then it just went down to about 20," Weisansal said.

In downtown Buffalo, the frigid temperatures and snow also caused many challenges, but some people said they want to see more of these wintry conditions.

"I am an outdoorsy guy. I enjoy riding my snow mobile and things like that, so this has been arguably the worst winter for that," Tatro said.

Others said they're looking forward to temperatures in the 40's yet again.

"We've been blessed and I'm thankful for that. I can do without the snow," Driver Elijah Ingram said.