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Plans for an office and light manufacturing building on the Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna that would be a model for sustainable energy keep moving forward. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday agreed to hire Turner Construction to provide construction management services for the “zero net energy” building that the agency plans to build on the …

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A year after the warmest December in Buffalo's history, its 2016 temperatures are running more than two degrees colder than average. If the trend continues, December would be the first month in the last eight that's run below normal for temperature, and would join April as the only months to do so all year. But the last 10 days may change that. A warm-up is in the of…

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There are two ways of looking at Wednesday: At nine hours and one minute, it's the least amount of daylight Buffalo will see all year; or The winter solstice ends the retreat of daylight that began late last June. And, starting Thursday, there will be more daylight every day between now and June 21. Of course, it also means the first day of winter. The winter…

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Federal authorities are guarding around-the-clock a chemical cache they allege a Town of Tonawanda business haphazardly stockpiled. The state Office of the Attorney General is also looking into whether charges are warranted against Morgan Materials at 380 Vulcan St. and its owner, Donald Sadkin. For the second time in less than two decades, Sadkin’s Morgan Materials …

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The lake-effect snowstorm that caused fits on area highways last week also brought good news for those rooting for a white Christmas. It might just be the reason the holiday stays white this year for the first time since 2013. Seven inches of snow remained on the ground Monday morning at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport ... with six days to go until Christma…

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The lake-effect snow band is in its dying stages. The band that dropped several inches of snow over the Buffalo metro area over a short period of time late this morning and early this afternoon trekked northward as expected and started dissipating. As of just before 5 p.m., only the southeastern corner of Niagara and southwestern Orleans counties were being affected …

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The first major lake-effect snow storm to strike Buffalo in the 2016-17 season is over. Noteworthy numbers abound after the Arctic blast. Here are a few of them...     The cold: Lake Erie's relatively warm waters were no match for winds and frigid temperatures, creating an icy landscape along the shoreline in Athol Springs. (John Hickey/Buff…

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A "narrow but intense" band of lake-effect snow shifted south across the Buffalo metro area, producing snowfall of up to 3 inches per hour, the National Weather Service reported. The band was forecast to "slowly but steadily drift southward through mid evening" and cross the Southtowns and Wyoming County, eventually reaching northern portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraug…

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Today’s afternoon commuters could run into “near blizzard conditions at times” on area roads as heavy lake-effect snow is forecast to hit the metro Buffalo area, according to the National Weather Service. [What to expect the next 36 hours] The heaviest snows are expected to strike northern Erie and Genesee Counties starting in the early afternoon today. The weathe…

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The true polar vortex won't be making the trip all the way south to the Buffalo Niagara region, but its effects will be felt in the metro Buffalo area starting Wednesday – just in time for the afternoon commute. "A deep cyclonic flow" will grip the Great Lakes region with a "dangerous cold" and "significant lake snows," National Weather Service forecasters said. The …

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Winter doesn't officially begin until next week, but extreme cold temperatures are expected in Buffalo later this week. An Arctic front will be drawn southward across the Buffalo Niagara region Thursday, helping to pull down polar air into the area, according to a National Weather Service forecast. By Friday morning, temperatures are forecast to be in the single digi…

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Lakeside property owners and municipal officials fear shoreline erosion and property damage could result from a new Lake Ontario management plan that changes how high and low the lake’s water level can fluctuate. But advocates say the change will help restore a more natural shoreline and prove more ecologically beneficial for birds, fish and other shore life. And, pe…

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Everyone's going to feel pre-winter's wrath next week. The coldest air of the season is expected to grip the Buffalo Niagara region starting about Wednesday. And, it's expected to last until at least the end of the week. Daytime high temperatures might not escape the teens to mid-20s next Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service's morning for…

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Orchard Park's Green Lake looks like just a puddle of water, but Thursday it began its journey back to becoming a lake. The 104-year-old lake was drained last year for dredging, but town officials closed the lake's lower dam gate Thursday so that it could begin filling with water. "It's up to Mother Nature and the Lord," Orchard Park Town Supervisor Patrick Keem …

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Some of Sandy Beach Park Club’s newest members this year include barking mudpuppies, pinching crayfish and paddling mink. Wood ducks, walleye and egrets also joined. All found a natural spot at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper’s first-of-its-kind “Living Shorelines” restoration pilot project along this nearly 200-foot stretch of newly restored Niagara River shoreline …