The city of Buffalo should see its first significant snowfall from late Saturday into Sunday morning, and more snow should arrive for the afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a lake effect snow advisory from 11 p.m. Saturday through 9 a.m. Sunday. The greatest amount of snowfall is expected in areas closest to Lake Erie, from South Buffalo into the Southtowns.…

This is not going to be a record-breaking cold December, but my confidence remains high that much of the time between now and Christmas, and at least a little beyond Christmas, temperatures will be running below-average for this time of the year, and well below-average later next week. That again reinforces my confidence that most or all of Western New York will have at le…

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…

All eyes are on the sky in the Southern Tier, where skiers will be hitting the slopes as early as this weekend. Holiday Valley in Ellicottville will open five slopes and four lifts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, said Jane Eshbaugh, resort spokewoman. “It’s still snowing,” Eshbaugh said Friday morning. “We’ve had 15 inches since Thursday, and we have started making …

Lake-effect snow throughout Friday will add another four to eight inches to Southern Tier counties, but Buffalo and suburban towns are not expected to get any significant snowfall, said David Thomas, meteorologist for National Weather Service. "Light snow showers will bring no accumulation to the city," Thomas said. That would be the case for the suburbs of Cheektowaga,…

Commuters headed home after work around metro Buffalo on Thursday aren't expected to experience any major travel problems as a lake-effect snow band will remain well south of the city, officials said. "We were out early this morning snowplowing and salting," Orchard Park Highway Superintendent Fred Piasecki said just before 4:30 p.m. "Throughout the day we got a li…

The city of Buffalo will be spared the brunt of the lake-effect snowstorm this week, but it's gearing up for the time when wintry weather hits. Mayor Byron W. Brown and other city officials conducted the city's annual inspection of its snow-fighting equipment Wednesday at the Broadway garage. It includes nearly $1 million in new snow-fighting tools, including four ne…

Usually by this time of year, Buffalo has already picked up a foot of snow. And now a foot, maybe 2 feet, maybe more, is in the forecast for the next couple days. But not in the city or the northern half of the metro area. The bulk of the white stuff is expected to stay south – in Erie County’s Southtowns, southern Wyoming County and all of Chautauqua and Catt…

No doubt there are those who would just as soon skip the whole snow scene. But even some of those die-hard winter haters would like to see at least a thin veneer of snow on the ground for Christmas morning, just for scenery and atmosphere. Statistically, Western New York has a higher probability of a white Christmas than much of the country over the years. The Christmas…

In ski country expect up to 3 feet of snow by late Friday if some of the most persistent snow bands show up. The Southtowns communities of Orchard Park and Hamburg could pick up 5 to 11 inches. But across northern Erie and Niagara counties, forecasts as of Tuesday show a chance for only 2 to 3 inches of snow between Wednesday and Saturday. Lake-effect snow is expe…

The warmest June 1 to Nov. 30 period in Buffalo's history is officially in the books. Now, about December? It's going to begin looking – and feeling – a lot like Christmas. Especially south of Buffalo. The possibility for snow is in the forecast in Buffalo every day between Tuesday and at least Sunday. Heavy accumulations aren't immediately forecast.…

Looking at the calendar, you could say we’re past due. Most Western New Yorkers still have yet to see any accumulated snow this first week into December. But it appears that’s going to change soon enough. Weather forecasters say that a blast of lake effect snow could be in the offing for Western New York by the end of next week, as temperatures dip and wind sp…

This is not a test. If it was a test, the National Weather Service would not be making statements like this: Consider it advance scouting on Old Man Winter's first ambush of the season. The weather service's forecast discussion on Friday stated that since the expected snowfall is still at least a week out and "significant model differences" still exist on fore…

The five deaths that occurred at the end of November were the first tornado fatalities in the United States since May 9. That was the third longest such streak, and the length of that streak was obviously rare. What is not so rare is the occurrence of tornadoes late in the autumn in the south. There are times of the year in which tornadoes become more common in differ…

Back on Oct. 12, I predicted winter would be getting off to a slow start, but that odds favor a more “typical” winter developing than last year’s unusually mild and less snowy winter, by around the end of December or early January. The slow start part was a good call and remains so as we head toward early December. By “typical,” I mean more common ups and do…