Winter Weather Thinning Occupy Buffalo?

January 15, 2012 Updated Jan 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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January 15, 2012 Updated Jan 15, 2012 at 9:42 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Though organizers of Occupy Buffalo say the recent cold and snow hasn't affected them, the recent evidence may suggest differently.

"This snow is not a problem. I don't know how clearly I can say that," said Heron Simmonds-Price, and Occupy Buffalo organizer.

Over the past few days, the cold, wind and snow seems to have sent many of the permanent protesters on a winter vacation. Though with recent temperatures dropping into single digits at times and wind gusts reaching over 40 m.p.h., few could blame them.

"[Friday's] windstorms, we had gusts in the 40's. That's a real challenge for us because the tents, a lot of these tents are not necessarily four season tents...which refers to tents which are designed to handle winter weather," said Simmonds-Price.

Admittedly, Simmonds-Price also added that the movement is made of folks with different preparedness and commitment levels.

Sunday afternoon, most of the tents that dot Niagara Square lay empty, some even sit wide-open, completely "un-occupied". No protesters could be found outside, and about three were gathered in a large, enclosed tent structure.

Does that mean the movement is losing steam, or just that the cold weather is thinning out the less dedicated? Only time will tell.