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Ice Ice Baby: Winter Weather Turns Car into Ice Sculpture

Frozen car near Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. Frozen car near Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York. (Photo: Lauren Hall/Twitter)
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Thanks to the winter weather conditions in Buffalo, New York, this car turned into a giant icicle while parked by Lake Erie on Sunday night. Wind gusts up to 47 miles per hour pushed the large lake waves into the streets, soaking the car, which developed a thick layer of ice overnight, according to Syracuse.com. The sight has attracted multiple photoshoots and even sprouted a hashtag on Twitter, #carcicle.

Justin Yelen, the owner of the vehicle, left it there overnight to avoid driving after an evening that involved drinking with friends, according to Syracuse.com.


According to The National Weather Service, Buffalo can expect more frozen cars and makeshift ice rinks around the city. Hazardous winter conditions and lake effect snow warnings will remain until early Thursday morning.

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If Jack Frost is blowing cold air your way, here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind.

Park inside if possible. Duh.

Defrost your car outside. AAA Journeys Magazine advises running the engine and using the defrost setting to loosen the ice so you can scrape it off. Avoid using hot water. Never run a car inside the garage or you risk carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you're going to sit in the car while it warms up outside, check that the exhaust pipe is clear of snow. If it's clogged, you're risking — you guessed it — carbon monoxide poisoning.

Avoid frozen doors. AAA Journeys Magazine recommends wiping the door seals with a dry cloth to remove moisture and then spraying them with a lubricant such as WD40. If you visit the car wash, have a towel in hand to wipe the door seals dry after you're done.

Say no to frozen windows, too. Wipe the window seals dry and put a light coating of lubricant along the area where the seal touches the window, says AAA.

Protect your windshield. If you live in a place like Buffalo you might want to follow this AAA tip: Buy a windshield snow cover. It will save you time in the morning and your ice scraping arm will thank you.

Other cold-weather safety tips

Be careful when walking on ice. Lower your chance of falling by walking like a penguin, advises the University of Wisconsin. Spread your feet wider than usual, bend your knees slightly and hold your arms out straight at your sides for balance.

Layer up and stay warm. About 1,300 people in the United States die from hypothermia every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure to dress appropriately if you're headed outside to avoid hypothermia. Keep an eye out for warning signs such as shivering, fatigue, confusion and drowsiness.

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Cover your nose and mouth when you go outside if you have a chronic lung disease, advises the American Lung Association. Dry air can irritate the airways of people with asthma or bronchitis and lead to wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.

Use salt after you shovel. As you clear out a path to the street, sprinkle salt to reduce the risk of someone falling. When you shovel, use your legs (and never twist) and take short breaks to avoid ending up in the ER.

Keep a car emergency kit. In case you get snowed in your car or unexpected car trouble strikes, it's important to be prepared. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends carrying the following:

  • Snow removal tools — shovel, broom, ice scraper
  • Flares and reflective markers
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight
  • Snacks and water
  • Cell phone (use a charger in bad weather and keep your phone fully charged)
  • Extra clothing and a blanket

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