Harsh winter storm doesn't stop some WNYers

Officials urge public to stay inside

Mike Baggerman
January 31, 2019 - 3:00 am

Blizzard from Niagara Square in Buffalo. January 30, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Despite rough roads and constant urging from public officials to not be outdoors, some Western New Yorkers braved the elements.

We spoke with several people in a parking lot in Cheektowaga after they finished shopping and asked why they were outside.

“My son needed snacks,” one man said. “And I have a jeep.”

That same person told WBEN that people should stay home.

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Other people felt unfazed by the cold and winter storm and thought that the storm wasn’t that bad without the wind.

“It’s bad enough, I guess,” another person told us.

Still, some people were required to report to work. One local toll collector told us that she was out and about because of a doctor’s appointment but she just finished her shift.

“If I have to do it, I might as well be getting paid for it,” she said.

Another person who was required work told us that he could have been home shoveling but that he has a family to feed and he’ll be at work again on Thursday.

Area officials are urging the public to not be outdoors.

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