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For only the third time in Buffalo's weather recorded history dating back to 1870, the temperature reached 70 degrees in February. The city shattered the city's daily record for warmth Friday that dated back 111 years to a time when Theodore Roosevelt occupied The White House. The mercury officially soared to 71 degrees between about 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m., breaking t…

A sharp cold front will cross the Buffalo Niagara region Saturday, blowing the weather from May back to late February. Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service issued a wind advisory for Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans and Chautauqua counties from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The winds are being gener…

Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb won’t be known until Wednesday. But February will go out like spring, summer, fall and winter as a panoply of the seasons will be on display over the next four days, forecasts show. Wild swings in Buffalo weather aren’t uncommon during transition months as warm and cold air masses fight for control of the atmosphere ab…

The National Weather Service canceled a dense fog advisory that was in place for parts of Western New York. The advisory had been in place until noon for northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. Some areas of fog may still develop during the day on Thursday, according to the weather service.

Visibility on area roadways tonight could be cut sharply due to fog, the National Weather Service reported. A dense fog advisory is posted from 2 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday for northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. Forecasters caution that hazardous driving conditions are possible due to heavy fog especially east of Lake Erie and south of Lake Ontario. …

Light sweaters already are replacing winter parkas. Crocuses are peeking out of the ground already. And ski poles are even being swapped for golf clubs in some spots. Late April’s weather is apparently spending winter break in the Buffalo Niagara region this week. High temperatures are forecast in the 50s and 60s through Friday. Although Tuesday’s 59-degre…

Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter. It didn't take long for Mother Nature to toss another loss on the groundhog's record, which heading into this year was just 39 percent. A spring-like weekend brought temperatures of 56 and 49 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Forecasts project it will reach into the mid-40s today. …

Sunday was a great day to hit the beach. Yes, we're talking Buffalo in February. But with sunny skies and the temperature rising to 48 degrees, Erin Schroeder and Sandy Marvin trekked down to the sand at Erie Basin Marina to collect driftwood they use to create crafts. "It beats shoveling," Schroeder said. That was a popular sentiment around town on Sunday. Winter…

Consider it the rite of a still-distant spring. On Saturday – mostly sunny, with temperatures in the 50s – many were ready to move on and out to chase and wash away those winter blues, including the caked-on road salt, grit and grim mind-set of the seemingly endless season. An even more hopeful sign panned out in Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County, where 8-year-old …

I recall both Andy Rooney and David Letterman taking shots at the wind chill index as TV weather gimmicks, both with inventive sarcasm and wit. Since I can be quite the smart aleck myself, I admit it can be a good target. It doesn’t help if a weathercaster takes air time to give you the wind chill temperature when the wind speed is 5 mph and the temperature is 38 degrees…

Many local schoolchildren will be out of classes next week for midwinter break, but the weather outside will feel more springlike. A dramatic change in the weather pattern starting Friday will usher in temperatures 10 or more degrees above normal by the weekend. The warm-up is forecast to extend into next week, according to the National Weather Service: Satur…

Widespread snow across Western New York Wednesday afternoon will give way to lake-effect squalls in varying amounts, mainly south of Buffalo. The lake-effect snow should subside by late Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. A lake-effect snow advisory began at 1 p.m. for southern Erie County and could bring between 5 and 10 inches of snow,…

Sharp February warming: Is it weather or climate? Or is it both? To say it’s hard to tell is a scientific understatement. There is the irrefutable footprint of a warming climate when averaged globally. Winters have been warmer, again on average, across the United States for many decades. Note that there are no regions in the lower 48 states that have had mean cool…

Above-average temperatures in December, January and the first half of February has kept most of Lake Erie wide open. That leaves the Buffalo Niagara region vulnerable to lake-effect snow when it grows cold and the conditions ripen. The next round of lake-effect snow could come Wednesday and Thursday south of Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service. …