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The second January thaw in as many weeks wasn't as warm but stayed around a little bit longer this time. But the three day warm-up comes to a screeching halt today as temperatures dive back below freezing and raindrops turn back to snowflakes, the National Weather Service forecasts. Here's what the weather service says to expect: A flood warning was in effect through …

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Michael Emendorfer was loading groceries into his trunk for his daughter's basketball team when he took my phone call last week in a Walmart parking lot in Wisconsin. Nothing in the conversation changed his life, even if – in a way – it changed how he sees everything. I called because I wondered if he knew the story. In 1912, if his great-grandfather had taken another f…

There's a warning of potential ice jam flooding in some Erie County creeks as temperatures begin to rise, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo. Buffalo, Cayuga and Cazenovia creeks were the main waterways of concern. A flood warning is in effect through 6:15 a.m. Tuesday for areas around those creeks, according to the weather service. A flood watch for t…

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Warmer temperatures, significant rainfall and melting snow and ice will combine to threaten communities affected by ice jam on rising creeks and streams starting today, the National Weather Service reported. Warm, moist air passing over the remaining snowpack will also create substantial fog with visibility at or below one-quarter mile in places. A dense fog advisory…

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A flood watch prompted by potential ice jams has been issued for 1 p.m. Monday through 9 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. A warm front Monday is expected to lift temperatures into the 40s prompting a snow meltdown, said meteorologist Bob Hamilton. The meltdown combined with .25 to .5 inch of precipitation Monday evening increase the possibility o…

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Starting today, the daytime temperature in Buffalo is forecast to be above freezing for the next five days. That will be the first streak of its kind since Dec. 1 to 5, 2017. You've earned it. Another week of frigid cold and back-to-back days of lake-effect snow in metro Buffalo padded the season's statistics as the coldest start to winter in Buffalo in 22 years a…

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It's rare that the Buffalo Niagara International Airport tops the regional lake-effect snow list. But, a rare lake-effect snow squall coughed up by a mostly frozen Lake Erie on Wednesday dropped the most – nearly 4 inches – in Cheektowaga, according to reports published this morning by the National Weather Service. That brought the snowfall total in Buffalo to 57.9 i…

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As much as another 5 inches of new lake-effect snow is possible again today, National Weather Service forecasters predict. The weather service posted a winter weather advisory for northern Erie County and Genesee County through 7 p.m. tonight. Weather service forecasters said the affected areas will experience slippery road conditions and reduced visibility. "Lake…

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We thought the lake-effect snow season was over. Our hopes, apparently, rested on thin ice. An unexpected round of lake-effect snow pelted metro Buffalo most of Wednesday. It snarled traffic, aggravated motorists and padded the city's seasonal snow total by several inches. It wasn't one for the books by Buffalo's standards. But the fact it happened at all came as …

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As much as we know a mean warming climate is out there, it has always been difficult to quantify a connection between that kind of climate change and an individual weather event or shorter term pattern. Some consequences of a connection with a phenomenon in the longer term, such as rising sea levels, are easily proven and irrefutable. The northern migration of certain plan…

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A band of moderate lake-effect snow was expected to bring another 2 to 3 inches of snow across the Buffalo metro area through the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Weather service forecasters called today's lake-effect snow "a very unusual scenario" given that Lake Erie is nearly covered in ice. "Against all odds, lake-effect snow continues to ove…

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The National Weather Service published its morning list of the snowfall totals across the Buffalo Niagara region over the last 24 hours. That included 1.7 inches at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which pushed the season's snowfall total for Buffalo over 50 inches. Here's a look around Western New York: Erie County Glenwood, 3.5 inches Colden,…

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Lake Erie was nearly 90 percent frozen on Monday. Of the open water remaining on the lake, it's located in an area roughly between Dunkirk and Long Point, Ont., the National Weather Service said. Mix in lake-effect snow bands' tendency to hug the Canadian shoreline when there's ice covering eastern Lake Erie, and it's a recipe for some nuisance lake-effect snow to po…

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The misnomer “global warming hiatus” got its start from the oceans’ taking care of warming — to some extent — for those of us on land. It’s a misnomer because global warming never really slowed down, and it certainly didn’t stop. From the 1998 El Niño until 2013, the rate of warming on land slowed significantly. However, the rate of warming in the upper oceans incre…