It’s only March, but at least one Western New York town and one village have made the call that winter is officially over in Buffalo.

This is the first winter I have lived in Buffalo, but many of my new friends from Western New York warned me that we have, what they call, “fake springs.” A fake spring, as they described, is a period of time when the weather seems warm enough for a string of days that you start to think there is no chance of any snowfall until next winter…but then you are surprised with a massive lake effect snow storm that makes you second guess yourself as to whether or not winter is officially over. 

That is called a fake spring, and typically, my friends warned, there are about 5 of them in Western New York.

Since the first snowfall this season, we have had four fake springs, including the most recent one over the weekend when temperatures reached up to 60 degrees.

However, the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore do not think that there will be a fifth one of these “fake springs.” 

As of Sunday, March 6, the Town of Tonawanda and the Village of Kenmore have dropped their overnight winter parking bans, effective immediately.

Due to the warmer weather expected in the next few weeks, the Town Board thought that lifting the ban was the best move for the community.

However, knowing Buffalo and Western New York, we can’t discount a fifth fake spring even if it is unlikely. The Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, Joe Emminger, suggested that if the weather shifts back into winter mode and there is significant snowfall, community members should remove their vehicles from the street so the snow plow trucks can clear the roads.

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