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As WNY deals with snow, South faces historic snow and cold

Posted at 1:26 AM, Feb 16, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Western New York can handle the snow and cold pretty well, but in the South, it can be a different story.

The South is currently dealing with record breaking snow and cold.

We asked the chief meteorologist at 7 Eyewitness News' sister statation in Waco, Texas, Matt Hines, how everyone in Texas is dealing with the snow.

"What we have right now, this is unheard of. We have not had anything like this that I've covered in my career here at KXXV," said Hines.

Waco was hit with 4 inches of snow. They average half an inch per winter. The average temperature is somewhere in the 60s. Temperatures dipped below 0 on Tuesday night.

"We just don't have the equipment to get the snow off the road once it's fallen. So, we can do some preparation treatment, but that's about it," added Hines about the snow removal process in Waco.

On the 7 Eyewitness News Facebook page, we asked Western New Yorkers to give some tips for our friends down south. Most gave great tips: stay home and bring your pets inside.

One Western New Yorker living in Texas now, says it's really difficult to compare what WNY deals with in the winter compared to a storm and cold like this in the South.

Jacob Jackson moved to Plano, Texas from WNY. He brings up points like, most people's heat and kitchen appliances run off electricity, not gas. And since most roads aren't cleared, it is almost impossible to get deliveries.

So, while it's easy to think that people in the South can't handle winter, their infrastructure isn't made for this much snow and cold.

According to Hines, another wintry blast is on the way for the South, which is calling for significant ice accumulations in Waco.