Welcome to the Blizzard of 2012

By HOWARD BERGER

BUFFALO (Jan. 13) – This could be a very long day.

Having slept for maybe 90 minutes overnight, as a raging blizzard developed out of a Monsoon rain-storm here in the Queen City, an afternoon nap is high on my list of priorities. Thankfully, I made the trek down the QEW last night, or the Leafs-Sabres game this evening would have been a TV event. I’ve been through a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in Los Angeles but I’m not certain my in-laws’ house rattled nearly as much as this hotel did during the night. The wind – gusting to more than 60 miles-per-hour – literally shook the building, which has floor-to-ceiling windows in each room. The walls creaked and the windows bent.

Given that the Leafs are also staying here, let’s hope your hockey heroes were able to get more rest than I did. I haven’t yet checked Joffrey Lupul’s Twitter page, but I fear for the citizens of Buffalo, given his penchant for “flattery” when the weather cooperates in this city.

So, what did I do all night as the storm raged? Took pictures, what else? Scotty Bowman, a resident of neighboring Amherst, N.Y., tells me he likes my photo-blogs, and he’ll particularly enjoy this one from the warmth of his winter home in Florida. See you in March, Scotty.

While you all slept peacefully overnight, I kept busy with the following images:

AS THURSDAY BECAME FRIDAY HERE IN BUFFALO, RAIN LASHED THE WINDOWS OF MY DOWNTOWN HOTEL ROOM (ABOVE). ABOUT AN HOUR LATER, THE PREDICTABLE OCCURRED AND THE WATER TURNED TO FROZEN WATER-VAPOR (BELOW).

AT 3:30 A.M., STILL UNABLE TO SLEEP, CONDITIONS WORSENED (ABOVE).

FIRST LIGHT OF THE NEW DAY (ABOVE AND BELOW) – AFTER MY 90-MINUTE “SLEEP”.

THIS IS CLEARLY “GET-EVEN” DAY FOR A TORONTONIAN THAT HAS LIVED WITHOUT A FLAKE OF SNOW ACCUMULATION INTO MID-JANUARY.

I WAS HAPPY NOT TO BE ON THE ROAD HERE DURING THE EARLY-MORNING WHITE-OUT, BUT THAT LUXURY WILL SOON END. IT’S A MIRACLE THE FLAGS ABOVE THE HOTEL ENTRANCE (BELOW) DID NOT SNAP OFF THEIR POLES.

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