A new Buffalo car in ice sculpture was created by the artist Mother Nature with all her fury on a cold Buffalo night! Leaving your car parked up against Lake Erie is not the best idea on a cold and windy night. It will turn your car into a block of ice as the lake sprays water via the wind.
According to Syracuse.com on January 12, “If you live in Upstate New York, let this be a lesson to never leave your car overnight next to a lake in the winter.” Justin Yelen found this out the hard way when he went to get into his car and it was frozen solid.
DB Techno News reports this car’s photos and videos have gone viral, as it is an odd object to see, or not see because it is encased in ice. You know it’s a car because of it’s shape, but make, model and color are not visible under all that ice.
Unless your car has been a victim of the water spray coming off the ocean or lake during the winter, you probably would not realize that this is a possibility until it is too late. And yes, ocean spray can do this too in frigid temperatures regardless of the salt content in the water. Remember the Slurpee Waves of Nantucket, Massachusetts, last year?
Yelen left his car next to Lake Erie on Sunday night, which was a night of freezing temperatures combined with the high winds that had gusts up to 47 mph. The wind picks up the water and deposits it all around the area in a spray that freezes almost instantly if it is cold enough. Layers upon layers of ice form on top of each other until everything nearby is encased in a solid block of ice.
The ground around the car is also frozen, so even if Yelen could get into his car, those tires are cemented into that ice. To put it simply, this poor guy might be looking at the spring thaw as his rescue remedy! One of Yelen’s main concerns is that this ice may have done damage to the car.
Yelen confessed that he had been drinking with friends and left his car there because he didn’t want to drive, which was a good thing. He also confesses that he is going to depend on his parents to cart him around until the ice around the car melts enough to get it open and dislodged from the frozen ground.
He is hoping for a few warm days, but the National Weather Service is predicting more frozen cars as more lake effect snow is expected over the next three days. The wind is expected to gust up to 45 mph and frigid temps will remain in place. It looks like Yemen’s car may have its winter parking space.