In the city of Buffalo, police officials said the snow had not only kept most vehicles from the streets, it also brought reported crime to a near stand-still. Officers were dispatched to minor traffic accidents and to block entrances to closed roadways –which included the Skyway and the city portion of the Niagara Thruway, I-190.
After months of nonstop work through summer heat, driving rain and heavy snow, the high winds and frigid temperatures finally kept workers from the HarborCenter construction site next to First Niagara Center.
In the Museum District, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo History Museum and Burchfield Penney joined a long list of places closed because of the weather, and while many restaurants, like Kostas on Hertel Avenue, stayed open, business, unsurprisingly, was much slower than usual.
Even Forest Lawn responded to the storm. Until yesterday, the most notable event on Jan. 7 in Buffalo history may have been the birth of President Millard Fillmore. The annual commemoration of that event at Fillmore’s gravesite in Forest Lawn was postponed until Thursday at 10 a.m. It is sponsored by Forest Lawn, the University at Buffalo (which Fillmore helped to found) and the Buffalo Club.
And city residents will have one more week of disrupted garbage and recycling pickup, which is expected to resume today.Tuesday’s regular pick-up moves to today; today’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Thursday; Thursday’s moves to Friday and Friday pickup will be Saturday.