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Call it White Friday at Holiday Valley. The Ellicottville ski resort announced Wednesday that it will open slopes for the first time this season at 9 a.m. Friday. Snowmaking operations, and cold weather, worked together to help the resort make snow over 80 acres at the resort over the last two weeks. Grooming crews have since "frosted the cake" and spread the snow…

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The weather menu is serving up some cold turkey this Thanksgiving Day for Buffalo. With a side of snow flurries. Thanks to a passing cold front that went through the region overnight, today's high temperature is forecast to barely push above the freezing point and Thursday will mark the city's chilliest Thanksgiving in three years. "As colder air continues to pour…

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As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium. Tailgate forecast: Chilly start, with bright sun to help. 8 a.m. temperature is 38, rising to 50 by midday. Light southwest wind. Game temperature: 51-55 degrees. Wind: Southwest 10-15 increasing to 15-20 during game, producing modest wind chill an…

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November has settled into its pattern. For the third time in about a week, a storm system with a trailing cold front today will bring a roller coaster of temperatures and conditions to the Buffalo Niagara region. Here's what to expect: Today:  The main weather-maker will be the wind ahead of an approaching cold front. Southwesterly winds could gust as high as …

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Have you ever wondered who those folks are when weathermen report that "a spotter" in Lockport, Tonawanda or Cheektowaga reported snow, rain or hail? Ever wish you could tell them what the weather's like in your backyard? Now's your chance. Western New York residents interested in the weather are invited to join the National Weather Service's official network …

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Lake-effect snow tapered off after one last flurry in northeastern Erie County early this afternoon. Accumulation totals varied widely across Western New York since the start of the snows Sunday. Topping the list was Allegany in Cattaraugus County with 7 inches, according to a 2 p.m. statement by the National Weather Service. In Erie County, Colden picked up 3.5 i…

It was as mild a start to the snow season as can be – but it counts in record books anyway. The fifth of an inch of snow recorded Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport added up to the first measurable snowfall of the season for the Buffalo metropolitan area, according to the National Weather Service. "It is official," said meteorologist Aaron Reynold…

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST Bills-Chargers game at StubHub Stadium in Carson, Calif. Tailgate forecast: Mostly sunny and mild. Temperatures reaching mid-70s with a light wind. Game temperature: 74 dropping to 64 by game's end. Wind: Light SW becoming light NE, 5-10. No significant effect on kick…

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As precipitation goes this weekend, Buffalo will get about 10 times more today than Sunday but with a fraction of the drama. That's because today's precipitation will fall as rain. Then, there's a chance for about an inch of snow in the Buffalo metro Sunday. Other areas, especially in the higher terrain of the Boston Hills or along the Chautauqua Ridge, are expected …

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As of Friday, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's 4:05 p.m. EST Bills-Chargers game at StubHub Stadium in Carson, Calif. TAILGATE FORECAST: Sunny and Mild. Temps reaching mid-70s with a light wind. GAME TEMPERATURE: 75 dropping to 64 by game's end. WIND: Light SW becoming light NE. No effect on kicking/passing game. PRECIPITATION: None prior to …

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Climate scientists look at longer time spans involving ice and sediment cores to judge climate change. I tend to look at trends over the last couple of decades in judging climate change, especially on a regional and local scale. In that time frame, I hadn’t detected very much of a trend on local lake-effect snow accumulations which had consistency for more than a coup…

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Today is the calm before the storms. Actually, it's one big weekend storm system that will bring wind and heavy rain to Western New York on Saturday, and wind and lake-effect snow on Sunday. The storm system is on a rapid coast-to-coast trek. Forecast maps show that by Saturday evening its center will pass over Western New York. The heaviest of the lake-effect sn…

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On Nov. 17, 2014, we had no idea what we were in for: back-to-back lake-effect blasts that buried parts of Western New York under snowfall measured in feet, not inches, and closed area roadways for days on end. Even by Buffalo’s standards, it was momentous.

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Autumn in Siberia often provides a glimpse into what winter has planned for the Great Lakes, including the Buffalo Niagara region. So prepare to bundle up this winter. Expect a frigid winter with at least one visit from a lobe of the polar vortex, according to climate researchers funded by the National Science Foundation. "I think the combination of La Niña and a…

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Every adult meteorologist has a different story in their childhood, but there is a common thread which runs through most of our formative years. It’s fascination with storms. Not partly sunny, not patchy fog, not Indian Summer … but STORMS! Most meteorologists develop a passion for stormy weather early in life. Even today, when I meet meteorology undergrads, the sto…