Westchester Residents Grin, Bear It During Snowy, Cold, Windy Winter Days

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Michael Immediato of Harrison scrapes ice off of his car. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Jack O'Brien of Harrison shovels snow outside his driveway. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Tuesday's snowstorm proved to be the ultimate unpleasant surprise in Westchester County when it suddenly popped on the radar less than 24 hours before its arrival.

The storm brought up to 12 inches of snow to parts of Westchester County on Tuesday night going into Wednesday morning. However, on Wednesday morning, unflappable residents headed out into the world for business as usual even amid sub-zero wind chills that are expected to linger for several days.

Jack O'Brien, a Harrison resident for 70 years, said he's used to seeing harsh winters like this every few years.

"It's right on schedule," he said as he shoveled the walk in front of his Harrison Avenue home. He's used to working out in wintery conditions.

"My first career was up in St. Lawrence River Valley in Ogdensburg, N.Y. The boys who weren't in school would pull telephone wire with an inch of ice on it for 25 cents an hour."

Johanna Siracusa of Yonkers, who manages Highridge Fishery on Central Park Avenue, said she and all of her employees -- many of whom come from NYC and take public transportation -- came in because they provide an important service to customers. 

"For us, it's really any regular day. We don't want to disappoint our customers by not being open. We've got regulars who come in here every day or up to three times a week, and we want to be able to give them what they need," she said.

Siracusa said the turnout has been about the same as it would on any other day, but she expected a dinner rush around 5 p.m.

"People still need to eat dinner," she said.

Yonkers reported 9 inches of snowfall, but thankfully, she lives right across the street. 

As he scraped ice off his car in front of his Landolfe Place house in Harrison, Michael Immediato said that the weather has been unbelievable this winter.

"I think this is worst winter we've had in a long time. I hope this is the end of it, maybe we can get some warmer weather in the coming months."

Unfortunately for him, the snow may not be over just yet.  On Thursday, there is a chance of scattered snow flurries between noon and 3 p.m., followed by a chance of snow showers after 3 p.m.

Casey Donahue contributed to this report.

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