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ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon for all counties in the state, shutting down some major highways downstate at midnight including the Thruway south of Albany and asking – but not ordering – people elsewhere to try to stay off the roads as a major winter storm barreled into the region.Snow, winds and temperatures at the ze…

Area school districts are keeping a watchful eye on Old Man Winter’s next move, trying to determine whether they will need to close schools today.It will all depend on just how low the thermometer and wind chill factor dip.Some schools already were taking pro-active moves today, as Buffalo Public schools, Amherst Central schools, Eden and many other districts around the …

How’d you like that slippery commute this morning?Well, your evening ride home may be as just as bad – or worse.After all, it’s been snowing steadily all day, said Dave Zaff, a meteorologist with the Buffalo station of the National Weather Service. “There’s going to be more snow on the ground.”Cars were spinning out and trucks were sliding throughout the Buffa…

Bitterly cold weather prompted area homeless shelters this week to relax their rules for as many as 80 individuals who were provided with emergency accommodations in Buffalo.The Buffalo City Mission issued “Code Blue” alerts more than a dozen times in the past month, said Angel Steele, senior case manager.“When the temperature goes down to 19 degrees, we declare a Co…

About the only thing that hasn’t frozen is the date. Welcome to 2014. Boy, it’s cold.Buffalo Niagara, and much of the Northeast, woke up to a bitterly frigid New Year’s morning thanks to a “fresh Arctic air mass” that, combined with gusty winds, pushed through Tuesday, dropping temperatures dramatically and sending wind chills plummeting to below zero degrees.Tha…

A double-wallop of wintry weather pounded Buffalo Niagara today and will continue into the New Year, according to forecasters.A lake-effect band of snow set up near Niagara Falls this morning for a period before a cold front pushed through the region and shifted the winds, taking the lake-effect snow into the metro Buffalo area and Southtowns in time for this morning’s c…

December – and 2013 – is going out with snow.A snow band coming off of Lake Erie is shifting south from Niagara Falls and Grand Island into the Buffalo area this morning, making driving difficult.The snow band will settle south of Buffalo into the higher elevations and ski country this afternoon, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly.The weather…

Long underwear, heavyweight parkas, gloves, scarves and earmuffs – not to mention party hats, noisemakers and a hot Thermos of something – will be on tonight’s checklist of essential items for counting down the minutes to 2014 outdoors.Frigid conditions with temperatures in the teens and wind chills that are expected to bottom out around zero degrees will prevail in …

The lake-effect snow dusting the area this morning will taper off during the day and give Western New Yorkers a brief period of calm this evening before the open waters of Lake Erie deliver one final punch in 2013.Overnight, a sturdier band of lake-effect snow is expected in the metro area, where it could drop between 3 and 5 inches of snow in some spots, according to the …

Western New York will get a mild respite this weekend before getting a fresh blast of bitter cold early next week.Temperatures just below freezing began to inch up Friday evening and are expected to make their way toward 40 degrees today. Further good news: Rain is unlikely.Today is expected to start out at 33 degrees before warming up to a mild 38 degrees under partly clo…

Get ready for some brief relief from the snow and cold.A lake-effect snow advisory has been lifted for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. And warmer temperatures and drier conditions are forecast for the weekend.“It should remain relatively dry at least through Monday,” said Jim Mitchell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buff…

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Western New York’s white Christmas got a refresher coat Thursday.Officially, 3.3 inches fell at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga, and an inch or two is forecast to arrive before noon today from a band of lake-effect squalls that is expected to drift north over the Buffalo metro area and then head south again. Another 5 to 8 inches were promised for sout…

Amherst Police have closed Smith Road from Transit Road to Millersport Highway and Dann Road from Smith to Transit because of heavy flooding, but were still trying to determine the cause of the flooding Wednesday afternoon.Routine police patrols found water rising at a rapid clip as of late afternoon, prompting the shutdown of the two roads as well as multiple courts and n…

In the end it was a white Christmas after all for Western New York, although some parts of the region faced a lot more wet than white.Meteorologists at the National Weather Service measured 2 inches of snow on the ground about daybreak on Christmas, providing the area a white Christmas.The current cold snap sent the temperature down to 2 degrees Wednesday morning, a tad co…

The water of Tonawanda Creek is slowly going down today after causing widespread flooding Tuesday throughout parts of northern Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and portions of southern Niagara County.Tonawanda Creek was well over the 12-foot flood stage when it crested at 15.13 feet Tuesday afternoon, bringing what the National Weather Service called “moderate flooding.”“…