Don't get too excited, that is their pre scheduled opening date. Meaning, they have the same opening date scheduled every year, but that is entirely dependent on weather. As we all know, weather in WNY can be very unpredictable.
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Also, to five0, I would say a good 1.5 hrs, probably closer to 2hrs.
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