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As Mother Nature threatens to paralyze Georgia and parts of the Carolinas with 2 inches of snow and three-quarters of an inch of ice, Western New York is about to enjoy a midwinter reprieve.After a bone-chilling night of zero or lower, sunshine is forecast across our region today and Thursday, and temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 20s for the first time this …

Travelers going south, or coming from the southeast into Buffalo may want to check their airlines.The winter storm bearing down on the Southeast is affecting some flights into and out of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.Some flights from Buffalo into and out of Atlanta, Ga. and Charlotte, N.C. have been cancelled as a wintry mix of ice and snow moves into that are…

Here’s a switch. The National Weather Service local forecast for the next three days includes the word “sunny,” as in “mostly sunny” or just plain “sunny.”We will be spared any serious effects from the nasty winter storm expected to paralyze Atlanta and much of the Southeast before it roars up the Eastern Seaboard in the next couple of days.But this relentles…

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You aren’t imagining it.This unrelenting winter has been truly that.Temperatures have been frigidly low. Snowstorms have sprung at us out of nowhere. The slush and ice have been everywhere – in our cars, on our boots, in our foyers and back hallways.When was spring scheduled to arrive, again?“It needs to be over,” said Kristin Scheda, 23, of Cheektowaga.“It won…

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In this, one of the most persistent winters in recent memory, no major storms are expected here, at least through the end of this week.But we will get one quick blast of cold weather, with the low temperatures expected to dip to about 3 degrees tonight and 2 degrees below zero on Tuesday night, before daytime highs climb back into the 20s and 30s the rest of the week, acco…

Hold on to your hat today.There’s more wind, and more cold weather on tap.Temperatures will be in the low to mid “teens” Friday, but the gusty winds will be with us throughout the day, making it another chilly day in Buffalo.The wind chill advisory is set to expire at 10 a.m. Friday, although the National Weather Service may issue another advisory for tonight. That …

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Here’s something to lighten your heart - a little. That second storm system previously predicted for this weekend appears to be weakening.But temperatures will remain below normal, with highs in the teens and lows in the single digits. And there is chance of some snow almost every day for at least the next week, according to the National Weather Service.“It looks like …

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If there is any question whether we are all in this winter together, just check out the snow piles around the country.And they’re only going to grow.Just as Winter Storm Nika’s two-day sprint through the eastern half of the country left heavy snow, a blanket of thick ice or heavy rains behind her from the heartland to New England, a new storm system was already brewing…

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A half foot of snow has blanketed Buffalo so far today and the heavy snow that’s part of a giant winter storm enveloping much of the Northeast will continue to coat our roadways through the evening commute.The worst should be over by now, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell, but snow will continue through the evening.“It’s going to come i…

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We have all felt the wrath of this cold and cruel winter.A nasty January beat many of us down. Now February seems to be following suit, starting with the overnight storm that was poised to pummel the area.But if you feel snow-weary, how about town and city highway departments, their budgets and work crews pulling double shifts on the plows?It hasn’t been any picnic for t…

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The promise of a snowstorm and more cold was good news for Dave Ruhland and the wavy-haired “Iceman” he made by freezing about 50 water balloons around 3,000 ice cubes in a stacked rainbow of yellow, orange and green.The burst of sherbet color on the front lawn of his apartment building on a drab but busy stretch of Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda has had peopl…

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As much as an additional foot of snow is expected across Western New York between late tonight and Wednesday evening in a massive winter storm system that will affect areas from Kansas to Maine, according to the National Weather Service.The National Weather Service upgraded its winter-storm “watch” to a more imminent “warning” for all of Western New York.Its latest…

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Here we go again.The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties from 10 p.m. today to 10 p.m. Wednesday.Forecasters are calling for potential accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of snow, with visibility less than half a mile at times and sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph.At the same time, a more serious winter…

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Buffalo Niagara’s winters build hardier people.Unfortunately, they also build hardier insects.This season’s blizzard, snow, prolonged cold and fierce wind chills could mean fewer bugs to swat, spray or squish come May or June. But the bugs that survive will only be tougher, peskier pests.“A lot of bugs are built to sustain cold temperatures,” said Mark Whitmore of …

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The weather in recent years hasn’t always cooperated for Buffalo’s winter festivals.Not enough snow one year, rain another.But Mother Nature finally got it right Saturday for the Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s fourth annual Flurrious festival.A week of arctic temperatures and numbing wind chills made Saturday’s high of 36 degrees feel almost springlike, and inspired a…