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Poloncarz tells Buffalo to "show some backbone" as the snow comes down

Posted at 11:28 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 18:51:36-04

Has Buffalo gone soft?

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says we need to "show some backbone."

I mean, this is Buffalo for goodness sake! Don't we eat this stuff for breakfast?

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency across the entire state, but Western New York is sitting pretty cozy compared to everyone else.

February's spring-like weather must have changed us. With totals over the course of the storm reaching as much as a foot, schools and businesses closed left and right throughout Western New York.

Poloncarz found the upside to another round of snow.

"Just drive a bit slower on the commute," Poloncarz tweeted. "All is well."

In a Facebook Live update on the weather with Meteorologist Andy Parker Tuesday morning, viewers basically said, "Seriously? What's the fuss about?"

"This is not state of emergency worthy," said one viewer. "It's steady snow we have seen before."

"This is nothing!" said another viewer during the Facebook Live. "It's Western New York! We are made for this!"

"Bring it on Mother Nature," said a third.

Don't get us wrong - head towards New York City and it gets pretty hairy. Tractor trailers have been banned from traveling on I-81, I-84, I-86/Route 17, I-88 and the Thruway. In New York City, transportation services have been suspended.

But here in Buffalo, I believe the technical term is called winter.

Maybe we should take a chill pill. Maybe we got too comfortable after having the warmest February on record. Maybe the whole "state of emergency" thing got us a little too excited. But the response to #snowmageddon2017 in Buffalo seems pretty unanimous: underwhelming.