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Mother nature brings Christmas snow, crews prepare for more on Saturday

Posted at 11:40 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 23:40:36-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The sleds were out Christmas day at Chestnut Ridge and Delaware Park. There were cross-country skiers too. Enjoying a white Christmas before snow started to come down harder in certain parts of Western New York later in the evening.

“We haven’t gone sledding in a while, so we just wanted to come down here and sled,” said Luke Guishard who was sledding at Chestnut Ridge.

According to the National Weather Service, people in Hamburg woke up to eight inches of snow on Christmas, the most in Western New York.

“The conditions were much better than last night, it was beautiful this morning, nice heavy wet snow on all the trees,” said Evan McDermott of Hamburg.

McDermott and his brother cleared the driveway for two hours during the day. He was out on an evening walk as the snow started to pick back up again.

The Erie County Department of Public Works sent seven trucks to the Hamburg district shortly after 4 p.m.

Buffalo DPW Commissioner Michael Finn expects crews to be back out Saturday morning. On Friday night he said crews were taking a break and waiting for the lake effect.

City crews hit the streets at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. Finn said plows carved out centers along narrow side streets, but there's more to do.

“There’s still cars parked on both sides, so there will still be work to be done during the week," Finn said. "But how much that is is kind of going to depend a lot on how tomorrow goes, and where the lake effect hits compared to where a lot of those 9-4 areas are, especially on the West Side/Elmwood Village area."

Finn said tomorrow's scheduled garbage pickup will continue into Sunday if weather is an issue.