BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Early winter weather has already caused some challenges, but there are local attractions that depend on it and are starting to flourish with the lower temperatures.
One of them is Buffalo's Canalside Ice Rink, which opened Saturday along with Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville
Although Buffalo's Canalside Ice Rink stayed open Sunday until 8 p.m., it will not be open Monday -- or any of the anticipated days in the 50s ahead. Still, though, it's looking better than last year. Last season's mild temperatures closed the Canalside ice regularly.
Even if just for this weekend, Dee said the timing for the opening worked out well with family being in town for Thanksgiving.
"Around Thanksgiving when all of the ex-pats come back, all of the family members come back to celebrate the holidays, we love to have Canalside vibrant," said Thomas Dee, President of the Erie Canal Harbor Center Development Corporation. "And so we had planned this. It's good for everybody to see that were open. It is good for everyone to see the transformation downtown -- it's a good thing when everyone comes back."