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Massive traffic jams caused by black-ice spinouts on the eastbound Youngmann Highway this morning prompted Town of Tonawanda police to caution motorists.The spinouts and crashes, involving multiple vehicles, have occurred on or near overpasses at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Avenue, town police said.Emergency responders were at the scene or headed…

If we can hang in there another four days, the weather should start looking up.Temperatures will be below normal early this week, with highs in the 20s and lows in the teens or lower.“We are looking for temperatures to actually climb back up toward more normal here – that being close to 50 degrees,” said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.We co…

For the basketball crowd, the party will stay inside tonight and tomorrow if weather is a factor, with a little snow arriving late this evening followed by rain Saturday morning.“There might be a brief period of sleet, but temperatures will be rising into the upper 30s overnight, so it will be mostly wet in the morning,” said Jim Mitchell, a meteorologist with the National…

Hoops fans in downtown Buffalo for today’s NCAA games better bundle up a bit. It’s not going to be quite springlike this first day of spring.It’s 33 degrees now and a few flurries have been falling around downtown Buffalo this morning. You’ve probably noticed that it’s a bit on the windy side out there too.That’s what you should expect for much of the day, said Dan Kelly, …

How tough a winter was it? Just ask emergency road service technicians from the AAA of Western and Central New York.Their calls were up more than 22 percent from last year across upstate New York, thanks to the snow and bitter cold, Tony Spade, regional AAA president and chief executive officer, announced Wednesday. In the Buffalo Niagara region, AAA answered calls from 61…

NCAA fans, we hope you brought your winter coats because it looks like we’re getting a little bit of snow and wind Thursday. But don’t worry, it’s not going to be anything like those Buffalo blizzards you may have heard of.Right now, it’s about 48 degrees and we can expect rain showers this evening, according to the National Weather Service.The spring-like temperatures we’…

For all the city’s attempts to make a good impression with the thousands of tourists headed to Buffalo for the NCAA tournament Thursday, there’s one thing it can’t control – the weather.And Thursday’s forecast is not the nicest.Basketball fans will be greeted with grey skies, cold wind and wet snow.“It’s not going to be the greatest day,” said Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologis…

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Winter’s numbers speak for themselves.One frozen lake. Two blizzards. Four straight months of below-average cold. Ten feet of snow.For winter-weary Buffalo Niagara residents, the magic number is five – as in the number of days until spring.Will the date on the calendar translate as easily to the weather outside?“That makes no sense whatsoever,” said Jeff Wood, meteorologis…

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NEWS STAFF REPORTERThe record snowfall of Wednesday will give way to a roller coaster of temperatures over the next couple of days, with temperatures dropping to single digits, rising to the mid 40s and then dropping down again, the National Weather Service reported this morning.The official snowfall at the weather station in Cheektowaga was 13.8 inches, although some comm…

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They don’t happen a lot. Once every few years, by most accounts.But not this winter. No, we’ve already had two and we’re still a week shy of spring.We’re talking blizzards, the kind that literally swept through the region Wednesday, dropping nearly a foot of snow on the ground and causing wind gusts of more than 40 miles an hour.No one knows for sure when the last two-bliz…

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With schools closed, the children stayed home. So did a lot of their parents, whose plants or offices were closed Wednesday because of the March blizzard.But Derrick Simmons opened Bertha’s Diner, the establishment he manages on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo.He did a brisk breakfast business.Dave Ricci of North Buffalo headed to Terrie’s Workout Center on Hertel Avenue to…

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At Tonawanda’s Fat Man Pizza orders for pies were down, but delivery tips were up. “They’re just surprised that we’re open. And happy,” said Dena Aksoy, a co-owner, whose two out-of-school children hiding beneath the counter could be heard happily playing iPad video games.Nearby businesses on their quiet and snow-crusted stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard were closed Tuesd…

Mayor Byron W. Brown continued to urge drivers not to be on the roads unnecessarily during a 5 p.m. briefing with reporters.“People have complied with that in tremendous fashion,” Brown said.The city is now on the “tail end” of the storm, said Department of Public Works Commissioner Stephen J. Stepniak, though he urged drivers to give themselves more time for the morning c…

Wintry conditions on the I-90 between Walden Avenue and the Depew exit slowed traffic to well below the speed limit.Long tandem tractor trailers are prohibited on the Thruway between the Pennsylvania line and Syracuse but state authorities kept it open.The visibility was highly changeable this afternoon, and at times no snow appeared to fall, but blowing and drifting snow …