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Areas of the Southern Tier from the Chautauqua Ridge south saw some snow accumulation overnight Wednesday and into Thursday.One spotter in Frewsburg reported 3 inches of snow by Thursday morning. Additional accumulation was expected in those areas and others farther south and west.“The west-northwest wind is blowing the snow south of Buffalo,” said David Thomas, Natio…

The first white snowflakes of the season have appeared on the forecast of the National Weather Service’s weekly outlook.Forecasters are calling for a chance of rain or snow at the end of the week Friday and into Friday evening.“There’s a good chance to see some snowflakes in the air,” said Jim Mitchell, National Weather Service meteorologist, who added that those i…

Mothball your shorts, tank tops and sandals; drag out those sweaters, wool socks and parkas – the skies, they are a-changin’.October – one of Western New York’s most changeable weather months – is about to make a hard turn for the chilly after above-average warmth graced its first-half, according to forecasters.With the passage of a cold front late Wednesday afte…

Heating cost history Average winter heating costs, November to March 2002-03: $953 2003-04: $906 2004-05: $971 2005-06: $1,124 2006-07: $1,009 2007-08: $1.059 2008-09: $1,068 2009-10: $738 2010-11: $748 2011-12: $614 2012-13: $586 2013-14: $714 (forecast)Source: National Fuel Gas Co.

Expect to pay more this winter when the furnace kicks on.Coming off last winter’s benevolent bills – when heating costs fell to their lowest level in a decade – National Fuel Gas Co. is predicting that consumers will pay almost 22 percent more this year.But even with that big increase – the actual amount consumers will pay depends on how cold this winter turns out …

We’ve set a new National Weather Service record for Sept. 21, though meteorologists concede it was a “fairly weak” record.The weather service reported that 2.71 inches of rain had fallen at its Cheektowaga office by late Saturday afternoon, shattering the old daily record of 1.49 inches in 1992.The record came on the final ay of summer.“We’ll probably be just shy…

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A narrow band of thunderstorms brought lightning and hail to communities along the south shore of Chautauqua Lake around midday Monday, leaving a couple of hundred residents without power.The storms, however, left the region otherwise unscathed and quickly moved on, meteorologists said.The storm came ashore from Lake Erie near Westfield and barreled south along the smaller…

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Chautauqua County in effect until 12:15 p.m. this afternoon.A storm front moving across Lake Erie was expected to bring winds in excess of 60 miles per hour and the possibility of quarter size hail to central Chautauqua County. Doppler radar first detected the storm at 11:49 a.m.The weather …

After telling Erie County earlier this year that it would have to repay more than $48 million in disaster relief used for the cleanup from the October 2006 snowstorm, FEMA re-evaluated a recent audit and has reduced its requested payback to about $705,000.The dramatic reduction was the result of protests by local officials and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who, with Eri…

Erie County may not have to repay more than $48 million in federal assistance awarded after the October 2006 snowstorm, if FEMA gets its way.Instead, FEMA said in a report released today, that the county should return slightly more than $700,000 in grant money paid out for storm response and cleanup of debris.The dispute arose earlier this year when an audit by the Departm…

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You may have found carpenter ants munching through the timbers of your house.Or maybe you’ve been bitten by more mosquitoes than usual.Or, perhaps it was a huge, angry nest of yellow jackets in a garage, basement or under your home’s eaves.Whatever the first clue, chances are you might have noticed that this summer has been a bit heavy on bugs.Or, shall we say, “pest…

It may not be the seven-month blizzard that a friendly Indian warned Pa Ingalls about.But it seems possible Western New York could be in for a long – and cold – winter, according to forecasts from the newly released Farmers’ Almanac.The 197-year-old publication, which bases its predictions on “a top-secret mathematical and astronomical formula,” is calling for ol…

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Erie County, western Genesee County and northwestern Wyoming County until 4:45 p.m. this afternoon.At 4:05 p.m. the weather service detected a thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph located near Orchard Park and Hamburg moving northeast at 3…

NIAGARA FALLS – Residents and businesses in Niagara Falls who suffered storm damage last week are invited to speak with and provide information to members of the state’s damage assessment team today.The officials will set up a mobile command center at City Hall, 745 Main St., and will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Much of the raw sewage in Niagara Falls is being dumped into the Niagara River without being treated because the Falls’ treatment plant was shut down by Friday’s wild rainstorm, officials disclosed Monday.Lockport’s sewage treatment plant also was damaged by a heavy flow of stormwater, but it was not completely shut down.“No waste is being treated more than primary…