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It couldn’t be coming at a worse time. A major winter storm moving northeastward from the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to hit Western New York and the Eastern Seaboard on one of the busiest travel days of the year – Thanksgiving eve Wednesday.“Everybody’s going to get some,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said Monday evening. “The complicated…

The National Weather Service has cancelled a lake effect snow advisory for most of Western New York today.The only place the advisory still covers is Chautauqua County, which will see 2 to 4 inches, less than originally predicted.Forecasters are predicting a band of lake effect snow will move from the Southern Tier towards the Buffalo area late tonight, though any accumula…

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The cold is coming. Quickly.The weather will see a dramatic temperature shift this weekend, with a winterlike blast due to hit this afternoon.“It’s true Arctic air,” said meteorologist Jim Mitchell of the National Weather Service.The City of Buffalo could see one to two inches of snow this afternoon, as temperatures start the day in the 30s before dropping.Most of th…

Parkas, hats and mittens will be essential elements in the wardrobe for Buffalo Niagara residents for the next few days. Some of the chilliest nights of the season are coming up.After a weekend of unseasonable warmth, today will be the coldest day of the work week with the daytime high not expected to escape the 30s, and it will seem even crisper with a northwest breeze of…

Western New York’s latest big blow is over.Winds are expected to calm down today to 10 to 15 mph in the aftermath of a storm Sunday night and Monday that felled trees and tree limbs, snapped power lines and sent shingles flying.Observers noted, however, that it toppled fewer trees and caused less damage than the last big windstorm 2½ weeks ago. At its peak, a wind gust …

Wind gusts approached, and even exceeded, 60 mph overnight in some spots throughout Western New York, leaving several thousand people without power but toppling a lot fewer trees than the more damaging storm 2½ weeks ago.Observers noted that the damage was minimal enough that local media outlets all showed the same tree down, on Townsend Street, near St. Stanislaus Cathol…

High winds from the big storm that devastated parts of the Midwest are expected to start calming down today, but the Buffalo area shouldn’t expect another beautiful fall day until midweek.Southwest and westerly winds, strongest along the Lake Erie shore, should downshift, but not much at first – from gusts of more than 50 mph this morning to gusts of less than 40 mph t…

Beware of falling of tree limbs as you hold onto your hat.The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for much of Western New York beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday and lasting through 1 p.m. Monday.Southwest winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 60 mph, are expected in Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties. A slight risk of severe weather could accomp…

Enjoy the warm weather this weekend. It’s not going to last.Showers late Sunday into Monday will accompany a strong cold front that forecasters say will sweep through the region. That could lead to a bout of lake effect snow showers by Tuesday.After a sunny Saturday in the 50s, a rapidly intensifying low pressure system over the Great Lakes on Sunday is expected to bring…

That was a nasty wind storm blowing through the region this morning, with gusts peaking at 48 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.And it is not going to let up soon, as a wind advisory remains in place through the afternoon for Erie and Niagara counties.“We could see winds between 45 to 50 miles an hour,” meteorologist Dan Kelly said.The silver …

LAPU LAPU CITY, Philippines – As authorities in this typhoon-ravaged nation struggled on Tuesday with a mass-scale relief effort, survivors said they were becoming increasingly desperate, short on food and supplies and terrified about waiting longer.A few residents of hard-hit areas scrawled signs with a simple message: “Help us.”Nearly five days after the once-a-cen…

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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…