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The Southern Tier bore the brunt of torrential downpours that dropped nearly four inches of rain in some places Wednesday and resulted in flash flooding in several areas.Streams overflowed their banks in several parts of Chautauqua and southwest Cattaraugus counties early Wednesday morning, and heavy rains were storming areas just east of there later in the day, according …

TEMPERATURE It was as close to a normal April as you can get without hitting the nail directly on the head. The average temperature of 45.8 degrees was one-tenth of a degree below the 30-year normal for the month. Still, that hair below scratch officially made April the sixth consecutive month with below average temperatures in Buffalo Niagara. The most drastic change in t…

If you’ve got plants outside, you might want to cover them up.The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for some parts of the region during the overnight hours. Tony Ansuini, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said vulnerable areas could include the western Southern Tier, Wyoming County and southern Erie County, with overnight te…

NEWS STAFF REPORTERKeep an umbrella handy for today and a jacket for tomorrow. You are going to need both over the next 24 hours.“It will probably start early this afternoon,” meteorologist Jim Mitchell said of the rain. “The heaviest rain will come in late this afternoon, especially early this evening.”A flood watch will be in effect late this afternoon through Friday, fo…

Scattered rain and thundershowers are forecast today in Western New York, which isn’t good news for Gowanda and Silver Creek, hit by flooding Tuesday. The news, however is worse for Thursday and Friday.A flash flood watch along rivers and creeks has been issued from 2 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon for Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, northern and southe…

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Five years after “the 500-year flood,” the high-water mark is still visible on the rear of Ken Lashua’s one-story brick home in Silver Creek.It’s four feet off the ground.Tuesday, residents were dealing with the problem all over again as torrential morning rains prompted street closures and evacuations in some neighborhoods.In Gowanda, it was the same story. The flooding l…

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Gowanda, Silver Creek and North Collins – areas hit hard by flooding today – should see rains taper off, but could see a return of heavy showers Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.Areas north of Cattaraugus Creek may see a band of scattered showers and possible thunderstorms later this evening.“So far it’s not a house-damaging day. It’s a yard cleanup day,…

WASHINGTON – Buffalo may face a future with more lake-effect snow thanks to a warmer Lake Erie that will be more prone to harmful algae blooms and invasive species, the federal government said today in a comprehensive look at how climate change will affect local communities.What’s more, according to a new U.S. National Climate Assessment released this morning, there’s plen…

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…