It was just like any other day. We were out cleaning driveways, when we passed the entrance to I-90 (Buffalo to Albany), to see not one, two, three or four... but 59 emergency evacuation vehicles and rigs from all over the state of New York and Pennsylvania. It was the infamous Buffalo Snow Storm of 2014.
It wasn't unlike anything I had seen before. Now mind you, I've seen a lot to include 5 combat tours to the Middle East with the US Army. With 3 plow trucks out, a skid steer and a salt truck, we were fine....so we thought. By the nightfall we were in 3 high lifts and went from snow plowing mode to survival mode. A state of emergency was in effect, people were starving, freezing and scared.
This went on for 7 days. The snow didn't stop! As we drove down Walden Road in Buffalo, a total of 112 cars were off the side of the road covered in snow as the town high lifts snaked through the roadway pushing cars to the side. Family? Didn't see them for a week. Employees? Saw them straight for a week. After a week of delivering food to stranded members of our town and delivering gas to emergency crews, the storm was over.
This storm will go down in history with a total snowfall of six inches per hour for a week straight!