Snow Plowing in Buffalo, NY
Buffalo, The Queen City, is the second largest city in New York State with over 250,000 residents and is part of the greater Buffalo Niagara Region that includes Western New York and an international border with Southern Ontario, Canada.
Incorporated as a city in 1832, there are now 32 distinct neighborhoods in Buffalo (as defined by the University at Buffalo) with a diverse set of people and architecture. No two neighborhoods are alike and every part of the city has unique residential and commercial snowplowing and deicing needs with a mix of ornate Victorian homes, grand mansions, humble cottages with tight driveways, sprawling industrial parks, and shopping center parking lots within this urban environment.
Buffalo has unique beauty and challenges because it borders Lake Erie, the Niagara River, the Buffalo River, and smaller creeks and streams. Out of over 52 square miles, over 20% of that total area is water, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Notorious Lake effect snow happens in Buffalo when a cold air mass moves over an unfrozen Lake Erie with warmer lake water. Water vapor is picked up from the lake, moved through the cold air above, and then freezes creating snowfall throughout the region with stunning results. Lake effect snowstorms continue throughout the winter until Lake Erie, the shallowest of the five Great Lakes, freezes over.
Any city resident can tell you where they were and what they were doing during famous snowstorms, like the Blizzard of ‘77 or the October Surprise Storm.
Despite it’s reputation, Buffalo is usually not the snowiest city in New York state. That distinction has most often gone to Syracuse, NY, Buffalo’s Eastern neighbor down Interstate 90. However, according to the National Weather Service, Buffalo averages 94.7 inches of snow per winter season.
in the past 10 years, Buffalo has ranged from a low of 36.7 inches (the lowest on record) up to 129.9 inches of snow in one winter. The highest recorded snowfall in Buffalo is 199.4 inches due to the Blizzard of ‘77, which was interestingly enough not caused by lake effect snow but instead by high winds that caused massive snow drifts.
Benefits of Western New York Snow Removal
Western New York Snow Removal provides reliable snow and ice management services for sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots including:
- Deicing: We use pre-treated rock salt that offers better ice formation protection even at low temperatures.
- Snowplowing: Heavy duty pickup trucks equipped with 8’ plows, snow blowers, and shovels can remove snow from any home or business.
- Sidewalks: Snow blowers and sidewalk tractors are deployed to keep sidewalks clear.
- Snow Relocation: When heavy lake effect snow strikes, we load up our dump trucks to haul it away from your property.
City of Buffalo Sidewalk Snow Removal
Every year there’s a story in the paper or a segment on the local news about some absentee landlord or business in the city of Buffalo that does not shovel their sidewalks.
Property owners in Buffalo are subject to a fine if they don’t clear their walkways of snow before 9 AM the day after a storm.
Western New York Snow Removal understands the requirements of the Buffalo city code and works to provide our clients a seasonal contract to keep your property clear during the winter season and to keep you free from fines.