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…

The calendar flips from November to December at midnight. With it, what is projected to go down as the ninth warmest November in the city's history will be just that -- history. And, December will feel much more like... well, like December. Daytime highs, which were in the 50s over the past few days, will return to average in the low 40s through mid next-week, the…

If you enjoy Jack Frost nipping at your nose when you're holiday shopping, odds are you're in luck this year. The weather pattern shaping up for the month of December looks to be a lot closer to normal this year. Temperatures will start December in the 30s and 40s with even some snowflakes expected for its first weekend, forecasts show. Last year brought the warme…

The November Storm two years ago seems like a distant memory. This year, like last year, we're basking in the November Warm. Temperatures near 60 degrees will keep the Buffalo Niagara region unseasonably warm Tuesday and Wednesday. The above-average readings should secure November 2016's place in the the area's Top 10 list of warmest Novembers. Heading into Mon…

It was beginning to look a little like ski season at Holiday Valley. The Ellicottville ski resort opened almost two weeks ahead of its average opening date, officials said. “It’s going to be a pretty awesome season,” said snowboarder Sam Kidder, of Eden, who came to the resort on Sunday with friends. “We’re all pretty excited to get out and ride as much as…

Warmer temperatures are expected to keep the snowflakes in check over the next several days, but not necessarily showers and drizzle, according to the National Weather Service. While Sunday will remain dry but mostly cloudy, with a high of 43 degrees, the weather pattern starts to warm up on Monday, which will be partly sunny, featuring a high of 49 degrees. Tuesday …