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The heavy snow expected today and Thursday aren’t only an inconvenience and discomfort. It also can be a particular threat to people with heart disease or orthopedic injuries.That’s why people at risk are reminded to be careful of heavy lifting when shoveling walkways, and watchful when walking on or near slippery surfaces.Dr. Eric J. Waffner, a primary care physician with…

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Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport slowed to a virtual shutdown today after high winds swept torrents of snow into the area, while Metro buses and subways continue to soldier on, transit officials reported.Greyhound, Trailways and Megabus also canceled all trips out of Buffalo until further notice, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority – …

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The wiggle room has run out of many local school calendars.Spring break has been cut short in some districts because of a series of cancellations for snow and wind chill this winter. Others will pare down the long Memorial Day weekend. Still other districts that have managed to avoid cutting short vacation days hit their limits Wednesday, leaving superintendents sketching …

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Mike O’Connor is ready for whatever winter dishes out today.He began the day at his Orchard Park home, casting aside his business suit and suiting up in jeans, boots and a turtleneck before heading to his downtown Buffalo law office.In the trunk of his automobile, he stashed oversize ski gloves, a heavily insulated hat and a one-piece Carhartt jumpsuit, just in case the we…

Travel is sloppy in Niagara Falls this morning as snow is accumulating on city roadways, including main thoroughfares like Niagara Falls Boulevard and Buffalo Avenue.The wind is causing snow in some parts to blow sideways.Overall, traffic volume appears to be slightly down with all the area closings.Coming into the city, ramps on and off Interstate-190 are slushy.

Erie County officials kept up their message this afternoon that people should stay home if they are able and reminded the public that today’s storm is now a blizzard.“This weather event is going to be increasingly worse,” said Sheriff Department Capt. Scott Patronik. “Find a safe place to be.”A travel advisory is in place, though the county has not declared a state of emer…

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And, just like that, it was over.Buffalo Niagara absorbed a 12-hour sock in the face from a wild, second blizzard in three months Wednesday.By about 9 p.m., the storm was winding down, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service, who downgraded the blizzard warning to a winter weather advisory in northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties.“It was jus…

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced late Tuesday that all Erie offices will be closed Wednesday because of the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service.However, he said, emergency and essential employees should report to work.Poloncarz added:“I am encouraging residents to stay home and not travel if they do not have to. This storm is dangerous an…

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More snow could fall today than on any other day this winter.The National Weather Service on Tuesday evening ramped up its forecast for the storm coming in today, issuing a blizzard warning to replace its earlier winter storm warning. The forecast calls for 9 to 17 inches of snow. “The warmer air is trying to battle in,” said Jim Mitchell, a weather service meteorologist. …

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The blue sky. Sunshine. Fifty-degree temperatures. Walking around without a coat.It’ll all be a distant memory Wednesday morning as today’s springlike weather is blown out of the way by a winter storm looking so ominous forecasters have started using “the ‘B’ word.”“B” as in “blizzard.” Tonight the National Weather Service ramped up its forecast, issuing a blizzard warning…

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Not again.Yup. Once again, the snows are heading this way, and they may be worse than first anticipated.The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a winter storm warning for all of Western New York, from 2 a.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. About 12 hours earlier, the weather service issued a winter storm watch, which is less serious.Forecasters now are calling for…

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A bad warning just got worse.A wicked winter storm that could deliver as much as 18 inches of snow is expected to hit us starting about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.“With this winter storm warning, we are trying to get the word out so people need to be prepared,” said meteorologist Shawn Smith of the National Weather Service station …

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WASHINGTON – Like a boxer who knocked his rival to the mat and who then gets down on his knees to keep pummeling the poor guy, the wicked winter of 2014 may not be done with us yet.Federal officials Wednesday marveled at the size of the ice sheet that as of this week covered 91 percent of the Great Lakes. That ice cover could produce problems long into the spring.-----Rela…

March doesn’t get much colder in Buffalo than it did Tuesday morning. The official temperature at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga dropped to minus 3 degrees at 2:44 a.m., tying a record for March 4 set in 1943. It was the sixth below-zero day the Weather Service registered this winter and the second time a record low was tied. The winter’s coldest readin…

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The temperature dropped to minus 3 degrees at 3:44 a.m. this morning, tying a record for low temperature for March 4 set in 1943.But temperatures are expected to rise to a high of 19 by mid-to-late afternoon today, according David Thomas, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Cheektowaga.“We’re looking for a moderation in our air temperature going down…