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If a blizzard wasn’t already enough to deal with on Tuesday, Orchard Park firefighters had to contend with a blaze that destroyed an apartment building.The fire happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday in a 12-unit apartment complex at 60 Hunters Ridge Road, which runs between Southwestern Boulevard and Baker Road.The cause is still under investigation. The building was a total lo…

Candace Hines was wishing she had that snowblower back.The Village of Hamburg resident was hard at work late Tuesday morning, shovel in hand, attacking a deep pile of snow at the end of her short driveway.Hines moved into her house at the corner of Center Street and Long Avenue about a year and a half ago. Her last home was a condo, which meant the snowblower was expendabl…

After delivering mail for the past 17 years, Bryan Krukowski says Tuesday was the worst weather he has faced.“I can deal with snow and ice, but when you have this kind of wind, it’s a whole new element,” he said as he thawed out in his mail truck in Kenmore after completing his morning deliveries and before undertaking his afternoon rounds.“It just gets in you,” …

Town of Evans resident Heather Boncore awoke at 5:30 a.m. today to see three cars stranded on Beach Road near Lake Shore High School. By 10 a.m. all three cars had been moved.Still, visibility is a huge issue.“I can’t see the buses,” said Boncore, who lives just a few hundred feet from the school’s bus parking lot.Lt. Michael Masullo said many cars also were strand…

So where does this one rank?It’s tempting to say, “This is the worst storm since ... ” but we won’t really be able to say until it’s all over.While we wait, and with as little scientific basis as possible, here is a list of ten of the region’s top weather events in slightly more than a century.10. The Ice Storm of 1976. It hit in early March and caused tens of …

Frequent whiteouts along Transit Road were forcing cars to creep along at about 10 mph and in some cases pull off to the side of the road this morning along parts of the major north-south route in Amherst, Cheektowaga and Lancaster.Drivers along Genesee Street near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport faced similar conditions, with some also forced to pull over and st…

A Lackawanna police cruiser stood sentry throughout last night in swirling winds and heavy snow, blocking traffic into the Steel City on South Park Avenue at its border with Buffalo.Besides police cruisers, the only other vehicles observed in Lackawanna were snow plows.A heavy curtain of lake effect snow descended over South Park Avenue just south of Ridge Road heading int…

“Unprecedented” amounts of ice in the upper Niagara River and a resulting ice jam caused flooding on Grand Island and Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls Tuesday.A flash-flood warning issued Tuesday morning was to remain in effect until later Tuesday night for northwest Erie County and southwest Niagara County, along the east branch of the Niagara River.Low-lying areas of t…

Not much is flying in or out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today.As of about 8:30 a.m., 56 flights had been canceled for Tuesday, with another 13 either in the air, landed, delayed or still scheduled, according to the airport’s website. That means that more than 80 percent of the flights through early this afternoon had been canceled.Among the affected fli…

Add “Blizzard of '14” to our community lexicon.We'd heard the warnings for days. Gusty winds. Lots of snow. Frigid cold.Over the weekend, we prepared. Shelves were emptied at area grocers. Lines for gas. Shovels and snow blowers made at the ready.Then, it came, snarling its teeth in a way even hearty Buffalo Niagara wasn't quite used to.One look and you knew: this one …

The blizzard that clobbered Buffalo made for a terrible commute home for tens of thousands of people Monday – including a little kindergartner who spent more than three hours on her school bus.Milan Hill, 5, who goes to West Buffalo Charter School on Lafayette Avenue, usually gets off the bus at the YMCA on William Street at 4:15 p.m.Her mother, Orniece Hill, anticipated…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Wyoming and eight other counties Monday as the bitter cold and wind swept the area.He also activated the Incident Response Force of the New York National Guard, including 208 national guard personnel, to help in the affected areas.Those are two four actions announced lat…