It’s a good thing the Buffalo Bills moved their Sunday game to rival Detroit — the colossal amount of snow dumped in the region was as big as star team quarterback Josh Allen.
The 77 inches of snow piled up in front of the Bills’ stadium matched Allen’s 6ft 5in height — and taller than all but five other players on the New York team’s roster, WIVB noted.
Orchard Park, the Erie County village where the stadium is located, was one of the hardest-hit areas in last week’s blizzard geddon, according to the National Weather Service.
Because of the heavy snowfall, the Bills’ home game against the Cleveland Browns was moved to Ford Field in Detroit.
The New York team tweeted a clip of their journey out of Buffalo to make it to Sunday’s game, writing, “Snowshoes. snowmobiles. snow plows. We found a way to get to Detroit.”
Erie County Sheriff John Garcia thanked the Bills for postponing the game during a news conference Friday.
“I want to thank the Buffalo Bills for not having a game on Sunday because all those assets that we would have had to move there would have caused a lot of problems,” he said.
NFL representative said Brian McCarthy in a tweet Thursday that the move was only to avoid diverting security resources from the local community.
According to Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz, the region experienced its biggest snowfall ever in a 24-hour period.
“This was a RECORD-BREAKING storm… the relatively quick recovery is a testament to everyone’s preparation and planning,” Poloncarz tweeted. “The proactive approach continues to work.”
Two people died in the storm from heart complications related to shoveling snow and trying to clear the ground, Poloncarz said.
Late Saturday night in Buffalo, the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement warning that a band of heavy snow accompanied by high winds had caused a “gust of snow.”
According to the weather service, the area will remain under a winter weather warning until Sunday evening.
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Sunday requested a federal emergency declaration to ensure increased support for the state’s 11 counties currently under a state of emergency due to the storm.