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January 8, 2014

DUVALL: Snow coverage from confines of home

Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — I’ve always taken some measure of pride in leading a newsroom during big weather events, overcoming all the other obstacles most people treat as a good excuse to stay home.

The Blizzard of 2014 — with an assist from 21st century technology — has relegated me to the realm of ordinary Buffalonians.

For the first time ever, I’m covering a major Western New York weather event from home.

We’ve had storms before, most notably the 2009 October Storm, which left tens of thousands without power for days. I made it in to work that day. And the next four or five while my coworkers were stranded on streets with downed trees and dangerous power lines. Luckily, somehow my Allentown apartment back then never lost power and other than a large snow bank surrounding my car there was little preventing me from driving up to Niagara Falls where we had staged operations because both the Tonawanda News and Lockport Journal offices were powerless (which was our headline on Day One, written by yours truly after strenuous newsroom debate).

Last year’s predicted “snow-pocalypse” never materialized — headline “Sno-what?” — but I heeded the warnings and slept at my father’s house in the City of Tonawanda that night, figuring it would be easier to get into work from there than my home in Buffalo. I spent the afternoon updating a running story with all the things everybody else in the Northeast was dealing with instead of us. Best snow day ever!

There have been any number of other bad weather days lost to memory spent white-knuckling it up I-190 into the Tonawandas, winding through side streets when main drags slowed to a crawl. 

I’ve spun out at least twice on Military Road, my preferred route when it gets really bad out.

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