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Digging out from the Lake Effect snow

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 07:23:14-05

For many, adjusting to the winter weather is almost like second nature, especially if you work outside.

Despite low temperatures and several inches of snow, Dirk Zoerner is outside servicing drivers at a ‘Stop and Go’ gas station in West Seneca.

“In the winter I do see people I don’t normally see,” Zoerner tells 7 Eyewitness News.

Despite a mild December, Mother Nature has officially arrived in Western New York. In January of 2015 the region received an average of 25 inches of snow – just two inches shy of the average.

A little more than halfway through the month, the area has already received 21.4 inches of snow.

This is good news for many plow drivers who are making up for a lackluster December. In the City of Buffalo, it’s the same story.

 Public works commissioner Steve Stepniak says his crews are out in full force

“What we’ve done is we have 30 crews out there right now working the mains, secondarys and we are going to be moving in to residential streets shortly."

Stepniak says drivers may still find parts of the region that are snow covered but the upcoming holiday will assist his drivers in getting the roads clear.

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