John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
The owner of this ice-encased auto says he’s giving it until summer to thaw.
UPDATE: THEY HAVE REMOVED THE CAR, using something called calcium flakes, according to The Buffalo News.
Up close and personal with the shell of the "ice car" pic.twitter.com/zqa9PYBMfG— Aaron Besecker (@AaronBesecker) January 13, 2016
ORIGINAL: On Sunday, huge winds and bitter temperatures conspired to drive Lake Erie over its eastern shores and give several Buffalo-area cars thick, icy exoskeletons.
Well, at least one of those unfortunate autos is still there, and judging from the weather forecast it will sit there encased for many days to come. Here it was on Monday:
Now the scene from last night:
WKBW-TV managed to locate the car owner, Justin Yelen, who explained he “left the car overnight because he was having a few drinks with friends, and didn't want to drive.” Here’s more from that report, including Yelen’s dismal view of the future:
“I hope summer comes soon,” said Yelen, who at this point has no idea how he’s going to get his car out. He says he had no idea this was going to happen to the car.
Reporter Hannah Buehler asked Yelen if he thinks there’s any damage to the vehicle.
“I hope not,” he said. “There probably is!”
Yelen says for now, he’s going to have to get rides from his parents.