Snow Buries Western New Yorkers

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

December 27, 2012 Updated Dec 27, 2012 at 12:48 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY

It's a race against the clock for Michael Conner in Springville , "Normally we don't get this kind of snow this time of day," said Conner, of Mike's Land Developing.

But Wednesday's winter storm buried many parts of western New York and Conner has 30 years of plowing experience to know this is going to be an all nighter.

"Once in a while we get a freak storm that comes in early at night and I'll be out here most of the night," said Conner.

A combination of strong winds and snowy and icy roads prompted the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department to issue a ban on any unnecessary travel on the roads. That warning was heeded by the majority of drivers but not Robert Bolibrzuch.

"It's probably a good idea right now the roads are getting pretty back but we enjoy this out here and we're kind of used to it I'm numb to it,"

While Robert may be numb, at least a dozen other drivers were jolted after their cars landed in ditches tonight according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's department.

In downtown Buffalo the snow was heavy and piling up fast also keeping plowers busy trying to clear the streets and sidewalks.

Erie County Sheriff's deputies report no major problems drivers were obviously using extra caution the wind blowing the snow making it tough to see in front of you.

If you were wondering if mother nature was on winter break think again this is what Buffalo is known for.