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Buffalo City Hall was open today, though some departments were lightly staffed, and even though the Common Council met, it convened two hours ahead of schedule so staff could get home. Mayor Byron W. Brown stressed the importance of continuing a sense of normalcy, explaining why City Hall was open when nearly every other Niagara Square institution – including federal, s…

No matter how aggravating, grueling and scary the Blizzard of ’14 has been, it just can’t compare to the Blizzard of ’77.It’s still the worst storm of recent Buffalo history.The current blizzard ending late Tuesday or early today just can’t compare with the 1977 version, the all-time measuring stick for area storms.The current storm falls far short, in wind gust…

In the city of Buffalo, police officials said the snow had not only kept most vehicles from the streets, it also brought reported crime to a near stand-still. Officers were dispatched to minor traffic accidents and to block entrances to closed roadways –which included the Skyway and the city portion of the Niagara Thruway, I-190.After months of nonstop work through summe…

They might be based in the South, but many of the Carolina Hurricanes who showed up to play against the Sabres before the game was postponed Tuesday night were familiar with blustery conditions. Still, the Arctic temperatures and whiteouts outside First Niagara Center were intense, even for players from Canada, Russia and Finland.“It’s really windy. I watched a guy ge…

Cheektowaga joined other towns and villages in Erie County in declaring a state of emergency about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.And as if to drive the urgency home, Walden Galleria also closed its doors today, which is a rare event for the mall. “The driving is impossible,” Supervisor Mary Holtz said.No unnecessary travel, except by essential vehicles and traffic, is permitted i…

“It’s just blizzard-like conditions. The visibility is down to zero,” West Seneca Highway Superintendent Matthew English said. “There should be no unnecessary travel.”West Seneca is caught in the middle of the lake-effect snow band, and can’t win as the snow keeps coming down. “When it moved north, we’re catching the bottom of it,” English said. “When i…

In the more far-flung Southtowns, roads were cleared during the day on Tuesday but highway crews had to break work at times because of reduced visibility.“The problem with us and all the other towns is the visibility,” said Edward Michalski, highway superintendent in the Town of Evans.Roads in Evans and the Village of Angola were cleared but a travel ban was still in p…

A fire destroyed an Orchard Park apartment building Tuesday afternoon, as volunteer firefighters had to battle the blaze and blizzard conditions that froze their waterlines.Firefighters and police were still on the scene of a working fire Tuesday afternoon at a 12-unit apartment complex at 60 Hunters Ridge Road, which runs between Southwestern Boulevard and Baker Road.“E…

They might be based in the South, but many of the Carolina Hurricanes who showed up to play against the Sabres before the game was postponed Tuesday night were familiar with blustery conditions. Still, the Arctic temperatures and whiteouts outside First Niagara Center were intense, even for players from Canada, Russia and Finland.“It’s really windy. I watched a guy ge…

The Town of Eden has found itself right in the heart of the Southtowns Blizzard of 2014, and it’s far from pretty.From stranded motorists rescued overnight by volunteer firefighters on their personal snowmobiles, to abandoned cars, to complete whiteouts with zero visibility along Route 62 and even some brazen motorists thumbing their noses at a driving ban, the town has …

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority this afternoon announced that a number of bus routes have been suspended or will have limited service today because of the storm.Metro Rail will continue to run into the evening.Routes 14, 15, 16, 36, 42, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75 and 76, have suspended service for the remainder of the day.Routes 1, 2, 4, 6, 22, 26 and 32 will only op…

The size of the snow bands and fluctuations in wind speed and direction have made the Blizzard of 2014 an unusual event, even by our unusual weather standards.Take Amherst, for example: The town stretches from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Transit Road and from Tonawanda Creek to almost the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and depending on where they live, residents’ e…

The effect of the Blizzard of 2014 continues to be question of where you are.While no one has escaped the wind and double-digit-below-zero wind chills, some parts of the region’s north continue to be almost untouched by snow.“The band of snow to the south is visible in the distance, but the sun is blindingly bright in the Lockport/Newfane area with mostly clear skies,…

Dozens of outpatient medical programs closed Tuesday because of the storm, but Buffalo’s major hospitals reported that key services remained open despite tight staffing at some facilities.Mercy Hospital in the Catholic Health hospital system sits in South Buffalo, closest to the areas hit hardest by the storm. Essential personnel made it in to work, and all services were…

The Village of Kenmore instituted a ban on all non-emergency travel at noon today as the storm rolled northward.The Town of Tonawanda Police Department advised against all unnecessary travel, urging residents to stay indoors and off the roads. Conditions are considered hazardous.Amherst also urged against any unnecessary travel and conditions are also hazardous in the city…