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. …

The Monday morning commute could be slippery, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. With temperatures dropping overnight into the 20s, slush and water on the roadways will freeze, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel. A lake-effect snow advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. for Niagara, Orleans and Genesee cou…

A wintry mix is taking aim at the region Sunday,  beginning with rain, freezing rain and sleet, then dumping a healthy amount of snow  in the overnight hours. Metro Buffalo and points north can expect 4 to 5 inches of snow overnight Sunday, with southern Erie County and the Southern Tier getting from  8 inches to a foot of snow, according to Shawn Smith of the Nation…

It would be more fun to just write about the nor’easters themselves, like Thursday’s storm. It was a genuine blizzard for parts of eastern New England and Long Island. This excitement is particularly timely because the next one coming up, on Monday, will deepen even more explosively into a stronger roaring blizzard close to Maine. It’s not often something writt…

There won't be a lot of snow but just enough will fall this afternoon to slow up commuters heading home for the weekend with snow-covered and slippery travel. The National Weather Service forecasts up to two inches of snow will fall through early evening. Weather service forecasters in a special weather statement issued just before 3 p.m. said "a broad area of light …

There will be some kind of show in the sky this evening. An eclipse of a full "snow moon" and a passing comet will don the skies above. Although the East Coast would have the best view, unless you're headed west of Indianapolis, east of Boston or up in an airplane, there's a slim chance of seeing it from the Buffalo Niagara region. That's because forecasts show ne…

JetBlue Airways has cancelled all departures for New York's JFK International Airport and Boston's Logan International Airport on Thursday because of an expected winter storm, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. In addition, Delta Airlines announced that it was canceling its morning flights to JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York City on Thursd…