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Last month ranked as the sixth wettest April in Buffalo’s recorded weather history.In all, more than 5 inches of precipitation fell, with 16 days receiving at least 0.01 inch of rain or snow. It was nearly two inches above a normal April for precipitation and two inches higher than last year, according to the National Weather Service.The increased precipitation, besides ca…

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Last month ranked as the sixth wettest April in Buffalo’s recorded weather history.In all, more than 5 inches of precipitation fell, with 16 days receiving at least .01 inch of rain or snow. It was nearly two inches above a normal April for precipitation and two inches higher than last year, according to the National Weather Service.The increased precipitation, besides cau…

Diane Sargent of Lockport and Pete Swales of Springville will be deployed to Florida today as part of the contingent of American Red Cross volunteers being sent to help people affected by the catastrophic flooding that has taken place in that state and in Alabama. The two will join the 430 Red Cross volunteers from across the national already assisting residents of Alabama…

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The thickness of the Lake Erie ice pack is so great that a 77-ton ice breaker has been brought in to break up the ice in order to remove the ice boom.The ice in some places is three feet thick, according to Lou Paonessa, director of media relations at the power authority.That’s why the William H. Latham is now breaking up the ice.A 10-member power authority crew working …

A brief power outage this afternoon affected about 3,000 National Grid customers in Evans.National Grid spokesman Steve Brady said the outage occurred about 12:20 a.m. and power was restored an hour later.“They didn’t all come back on at the same time. We did it in phases. So some were out a little longer than the others,” Brady said.Lakeshore High School also was affecte…

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At 8:15 this morning, crews began the process of raising each of the 22 steel-pontoon spans that stretch across the Niagara River and block the ice flow from entering Niagara Power Project water intakes.“It’s like the sign of spring everyone wants to see – when the ice boom is coming out,” said Lou Paonessa, director of media relations for the Power Authority. “They’ll lik…

Sunny weather returns Sunday, after the clouds were expected to move out overnight.But temperatures are still below normal, with today’s high in the mid-50s.“We’re taking what we can get this season,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Hibbert. “Right now it should be in the low 60s.”The bright weather should continue Monday, when it will be mostly sunny wit…

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A cold front stretching from Toronto to Indianapolis is slowly moving our way, pushing moist air over a cold lake. And that, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly, is what’s causing this morning’s fog and rain.It’s about 50 degrees mid-morning so far and the temperatures are set to drop into the 40s in the afternoon – and into the 30s by night time.…

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This is a critical time in the calendar for Lake Erie.The lake is reawakening from one of its longest and most ice-encrusted winter slumbers in recorded weather history, and the next several weeks will determine just how blue and healthy – or green and toxic – its waters will be this summer.Driven by high levels of dissolved phosphorus in the lake from agricultural runoff …

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A year’s worth of seasons in 24 to 48 hours. After a gorgeous weekend in the 70s, snow began falling around 8:30 a.m. this morning.The snow was forecast to continue through mid-afternoon through the evening, according to the National Weather Service.But don’t expect much accumulation.Buffalo may see an inch, with possibly two inches in the higher elevations of the Southern…

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Enjoy the warmth while it lasts. Today’s temperatures will reach into the low 70s, but on Tuesday Western New Yorkers will wake up to snow.“It will be quite a shock in the morning when they wake up,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell. The 40-degree temperature swing isn’t out of the ordinary for April, according to Mitchell.Today’s temperatures are 2…

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It was another careful commute this morning as motorists contended with poor visibility, but this time the white stuff wasn’t snow.Fog enveloped the Buffalo area as the sun came up this morning. Meteorologists call it the “sunrise surprise,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Mitchell.And it should go away by noon.There was light fog overnight, and as the sun …

Western New Yorkers shed their jackets and opened their windows Thursday afternoon as the thermometer officially hit 70 degrees for the first time this year, ushering in the first spring weekend that actually promises to feel like spring.Although temperatures are supposed to top out in the mid 50s under sunny skies Friday, warmer air is forecast to return. Look for highs i…

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Firefighters and tow truck drivers were kept busy early today as icy conditions on area overpasses and bridges caused at least four accidents.Shortly after 6:30 a.m., a five-car pile-up occurred on the inbound Skyway and sent one person to the hospital.A short time later, a minivan overturned on the Scajaquada Expressway ramp near the southbound Niagara Thruway. That accid…

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Don’t be alarmed. The sweaty palms and light-headedness you’re feeling may be spring fever.It’s hard to remember what that feels like. But today might bring back memories, as temperatures could reach into the mid-60s in the eastern suburbs.“We’re looking at highs right in the city alone in the mid- to upper-50s,” said Dan Kelly, a meteorologist with the National Weather Se…