The first full week of January 2014 was a wild one as the much-anticipated polar vortex descended into Western New York. Weather conditions ranged from very heavy lake effect snows and blizzards in the Buffalo area to extreme cold, winds, ice and river shore flooding in Niagara County. The result: very rough travel conditions, school and business closings and general misery to many throughout the area.
In the photos: The upper Niagara River near the New York Power Authority intakes in Niagara Falls is chocked with Lake Erie ice that overtook the NYPA ice boom up river in Buffalo due to heavy winds. Icy conditions continued down river into Youngstown throughout the week.
Moderating temperatures are expected to bring some relief to residents this weekend, before the next dose of winter hits in coming days. (photos by Brook D'Angelo and Terry Duffy)