WNYers Deal With Winter Snap

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

January 22, 2013 Updated Jan 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - Some Western New Yorkers may have forgotten what temperatures this cold are like.

It's been a few years since temperatures have dropped this cold.

The cold snap is prompting organizations to spring into action.

The Buffalo City Mission has also issued a Code Blue, triggering shelters to open their doors at night to provide shelter, food and winter clothes to the homeless and needy.

The SPCA is also reminding people not to leave pets outside for an extended period of time in the cold. Doing so is actually against New York State law.

Meanwhile most people are layering up when heading outside. Victoria Wheaton told Eyewitness News she has on "three pairs of pants, two sweaters, a coat, a long john shirt, a regular shirt, a couple of hats and two pairs of gloves."

Others, like Matt Gramza, are toughing out the cold. Gramza, who spent much more time outside than expected, said "My ears are freezing, I'm freezing. And I have on a one-layered jacket."

However, there is something fun this weather brings -- skating and hockey if the lake freezes over.

Even with these cold temperatures, Labatt organizers still are not sure if the lake will freeze over in time for the pond hockey tournament, which is just weeks away.