Snow and ice frustrating Buffalo residents

Posted at 7:17 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 19:24:20-05

It has been a test of patience for residents in Buffalo after a heavy lake effect snow storm followed by icy conditions.

Steve Stepniak, Buffalo Commissioner of Public Works, said his crews are making good progress and have spread over 2,000 tons of road salt since before the storm began.

What make things more challenging in Buffalo is on-street parking and the rules that specify when cars should be moved.  Some streets have dual-side parking which limits the plows to only clearing the center until the vehicles move.

"We have parking that is moving for the first time in five days and we are attacking those areas," said Stepniak.

The Commissioner said he was hoping to have all streets in good condition soon, but he emphasized that the cleanup is a team effort that required people to obey parking restrictions.

Thanks to a mild weekend thaw and some rain, ice was also a big problem for residents.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly has more in his reports.