Many Capital Region residents were bracing for the worst before Friday's winter storm hit, but as YNN's Matt Hunter reports, at least in the early hours, most people seemed to embrace the snowy weather.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Anticipating a crippling onslaught of snow Friday, many Capital Region residents instead found Mother Nature's offering a welcome sight.
"It's not so gloom and doomy," Albany resident Chris Sousie said. "It's beautiful."
"This is perfect as far as I'm concerned," said Brigitte Arduini, also an Albany resident. "It's great to walk around in, it's not too cold but it's fun to play in."
With the heavy snow holding off until the early evening, many people spent the day outside enjoying it, particularly those with furry friends.
"Usually every day at this time they come out, everybody in the neighborhood brings their dogs, so it's perfect timing," said one man who was out with his dog in Washington Park Friday afternoon.
"He loves it," said Jennifer O'Connor-Teepe, who also brought her dog to Washington Park. "He's running around like a maniac in the snow, and it's not that cold out, I'd rather have this than the below freezing temperatures."
While the snow did start to accumulate 5 p.m. Friday, it did little to hamper the evening commute; still, many drivers found themselves prepared.
"I'm from Syracuse, actually, and you get all the lake effect all the time," Arduini said. "So you just know when to stay off the road and you know when to drive slow and wait for the plows."
While the storm proved not to be a major hassle Friday, the brunt of the snow was still expected overnight. No strangers to winter weather, Capital Region residents seem intent on taking it in stride.
"I actually enjoy snow," Arduini said. "It's a lot of fun."
"We had such a mild winter last year that everybody kind of forgot this is winter, this is what we get," Sousie said.
Many local communities have already declared a state of emergency. As part of Albany's snow emergency, parking restrictions are in effect. Starting Saturday at 8 p.m., motorists are asked to park on the even side of the street. Starting Sunday at 8 p.m., cars must be parked on the odd side of the street.