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We all grabbed our snow brushes and ice scrapers for the first time this season Monday night or this morning, as up to half a foot of snow covered the region.The National Weather Service reported an official overnight reading of 0.7 inches of snow at its office in Cheektowaga, all from 8 p.m. to midnight, meteorologist Jim Mitchell said.The snowfall ranged from half an inc…

The Buffalo area saw its first coating of snow this season Monday night.The Buffalo metropolitan area wasn’t slated for more than a total of an inch of snow by this morning. But parts of areas to the south, particularly the Chautauqua Ridge and the Boston Hills area, were expecting between 3 and 5 inches of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service.Slippe…

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Shattered buildings line every road of this once-thriving city of 220,000, and many of the streets are still so clogged with debris from nearby buildings that they are barely discernible.Decomposing bodies still lie along the roads, like the corpse in a pink, short-sleeved shirt and blue shorts facedown in a puddle 100 yards from the airport. Just…

Say it ain’t so.No, it’s so.Snow has returned to the National Weather Service forecast for tonight and early Tuesday, although apparently not enough to bring out the snowblowers and shovels, except possibly in some elevated areas.The weather service is calling for a 90 percent chance of precipitation overnight, with roughly a 60 to 70 percent chance of snow flurries.Th…

CEBU, Philippines – Three days after one of the most powerful storms ever to buffet the Philippines, the scale of the devastation and the desperation of the survivors were slowly coming into view.The living told stories of the dead or dying – the people swept away in a torrent of seawater, the corpses strewn haphazardly among the wreckage. Photos from the hard-hit city…

Initial reports of a potential major winter storm blowing through by Tuesday wound up being premature, but area ski resorts are getting ready nonetheless for the start of their season.AccuWeather on Friday cited the expected arrival of an arctic blast of air from Canada that could trigger the season’s first snowstorm in a broad area from the Great Lakes through the Appal…

MANILA, Philippines – At least 100 people were feared dead and nearly 800,000 displaced in the Philippines after one of the strongest typhoons on record flattened homes and triggered storm surges that flooded wide areas, disaster relief officials said Saturday.Typhoon Haiyan tore through the eastern and central Philippines on Friday, toppling power lines and knocking out…

Snow was on the ground this morning in some parts of the Southern Tier, but don’t worry about breaking out the shovels just yet.An inch was reported in Olean, and six-tenths of an inch in Whitesville – south of Wellsville in Allegany County, according to meteorologist Dan Kelly of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. There could be some isolated higher amounts, he …

November roared into Buffalo Niagara like a freight train Friday with winds whipping above 60 mph, dropping trees and light poles down onto cars and homes, driving lake water over area roadways and knocking out power to several thousand homes.Spawned by a “very strong area of low pressure” that passed just to the northwest of the metro area, the wild winds lived up to …

Your little witches, goblins, fairy princesses and ninjas can probably count on a little respite from the heavy rain tonight for trick-or-treating.The National Weather Service is reporting that the rain should let up during prime trick-or-treating hours.“We still think there might be a bit of a lull later this afternoon and this evening,” reported meteorologist Jon Hit…

Trick-or-treaters venturing outside for Halloween Thursday night may get a treat, in terms of weather, before things get tricky later on.Temperatures on Thursday are expected to reach the mid to upper 60s. Though periods of rain are expected, a washout isn’t.“We think there’s going to be a decent break,” said Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo…

Temperatures, as expected, dipped into the 20s in much of Western New York overnight Tuesday, as most of the region endured its first frost of the season.Unofficial spotters’ reports compiled by the National Weather Service listed a low of 25 degrees, in both Warsaw and Attica, in Wyoming County. Other overnight lows included 28 in Niagara Falls and 29 in Amherst, Claren…

Say goodbye to your marigolds and chrysanthemums.Give up on those late-ripening grapes and tomatoes. Unless you covered them up or brought them inside, chances are they’re nipped by metro Buffalo’s first freeze of the season.Clear skies and dry air in combination with a cool front were expected to drive overnight temperatures down to their lowest point so far this fall…

Get ready. Grab your longjohns out of the closet. See if you can find those winter gloves you stuck somewhere last March. The freeze is coming.The National Weather Service early today issued a freeze warning for five Western New York counties – Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua – effective from 11 p.m. tonight to 9 a.m. Tuesday.Forecasters are calling for …

Strong winds pushing through the region Saturday morning peaked by early afternoon as the weather brought in showers and, possibly, a few wet snow flakes, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.A wind advisory that stretched to 6 p.m. featured winds averaging between 25 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph. “Probably the strongest winds should be sometime …