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The Village of Lancaster's tree population is thinning and in a compromised state. More than 60 percent of the village's trees were damaged in the October 2006 surprise ice storm. More than 10 years later, that storm left many trees unable to grow properly, according to village officials. "We've had to trim and take down so many trees because the ice took so many lea…

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Hazardous travel across the Buffalo Niagara region is expected on Tuesday. This time, it will be freezing rain in some parts. Occasional snowfall is forecast to overspread the metro area early Tuesday and changing over to occasional rain during the afternoon hours, National Weather Service forecasters said. - Icy cold to become warm and wet with another Jan…

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This isn't a typical January in Buffalo. Temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast with a mild and wet 55-degree day on Thursday. In other words, the second January thaw in as many weeks is imminent, according to National Weather Service forecasts. It's expected to change snow into rain on Tuesday with more rain Tuesday night, a cloudy warmer d…

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The snowy owl, a visitor from the tundra, had survived for more than a week with a broken wing before it was found on a rural road in Cattaraugus County. Emaciated and sick, it may not have lived much longer, had not a farmer flagged down two state Department of Conservation officers who happened to be driving through the Town of Napoli the week before Christmas. They w…

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No warnings, watches or advisories were in effect late Sunday from the National Weather Service in Buffalo after several feet of snow had fallen across southern Erie County and the Southern Tier since Wednesday. “After a busy period, it looks like things will be a little less eventful to start off the work week," said meteorologist Kirk Apffel. Beginning Sunday eveni…

PORTER - More than 70 years after World War II-era bombs were manufactured at a site in Niagara County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has discovered soil there still contaminated by TNT and lead. It is proposing to spend $846,045 to clean up a four-acre site in the Town of Porter. The Army Corps of Engineers will host a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 11 in Lewisto…

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Highway and emergency crews spent the overnight hours clearing roads of more than two feet of snow and cars abandoned by their owners. Some parents retrieved their children who were stranded for hours at schools. And Southtowns residents who hunkered down at their offices, a downtown pub or a friend or relative's house headed back home. All of that won't change th…

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You’ve seen Niagara Falls. The American side views are breathtaking from Terrapin Point, Three Sisters Islands, the Cave of the Winds and the Maid of the Mist. But most haven’t seen the Niagara Gorge the way Father Louis Hennepin discovered its natural glory in the late 17th century – the 43 acres between the Whirlpool Rapids and Rainbow bridges. The Western New Y…

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A band of heavy lake-effect snow was dropping up to an inch or more per hour with some thundersnow in southern Erie and northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this morning, according to the National Weather Service. Areas like Gowanda, Perrysburg and Forestville were some of the hardest hit areas. As much as eight inches of snow was already reported in Perrysburg …

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Everyone's grass will be covered up by snow. Depending on where in Western New York you live, that blanket of white could range from two inches to a foot and a half deep, according to National Weather Service forecasts. The last couple of days of 2016 are shaping up to be snowy, blustery and cold, with a warm-up in the offing to start 2017. Here's what to expect, …

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Several Great Lakes environmental, conservation and business organizations put the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on notice Monday that it must honor its obligations under the Clean Water Act regarding toxic algal blooms in western Lake Erie, or face legal action. The harmful algae, which can take over hundreds of square miles on the western end of the lake, annua…

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Just a trace of ice accumulation is forecast today, but it could quickly make things hazardous on area roadways and sidewalks. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the western Southern Tier counties of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany, as well as southern Erie and Wyoming counties through 4 p.m. today. The freezing drizzle and ice acc…

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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…