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“Unprecedented” amounts of ice in the upper Niagara River and a resulting ice jam caused flooding on Grand Island and Cayuga Island in Niagara Falls Tuesday.A flash-flood warning issued Tuesday morning was to remain in effect until later Tuesday night for northwest Erie County and southwest Niagara County, along the east branch of the Niagara River.Low-lying areas of the R…

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Not much is flying in or out of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport today.As of about 8:30 a.m., 56 flights had been canceled for Tuesday, with another 13 either in the air, landed, delayed or still scheduled, according to the airport’s website. That means that more than 80 percent of the flights through early this afternoon had been canceled.Among the affected fligh…

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Temperature-wise, the worst of the Blizzard of 2014 may be over. Officially, the thermometer bottomed out at minus 5 degrees around 10 a.m. at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, tying a record set in 1942. Combined with gusts up to 30 mph, it produced the worst wind chill of the storm – minus 28.While temperatures c…

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Add “Blizzard of '14” to our community lexicon.We'd heard the warnings for days. Gusty winds. Lots of snow. Frigid cold.Over the weekend, we prepared. Shelves were emptied at area grocers. Lines for gas. Shovels and snow blowers made at the ready.Then, it came, snarling its teeth in a way even hearty Buffalo Niagara wasn't quite used to.One look and you knew: this one was …

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The blizzard that clobbered Buffalo made for a terrible commute home for tens of thousands of people Monday – including a little kindergartner who spent more than three hours on her school bus.Milan Hill, 5, who goes to West Buffalo Charter School on Lafayette Avenue, usually gets off the bus at the YMCA on William Street at 4:15 p.m.Her mother, Orniece Hill, anticipated t…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Genesee, Wyoming and eight other counties Monday as the bitter cold and wind swept the area.He also activated the Incident Response Force of the New York National Guard, including 208 national guard personnel, to help in the affected areas.Those are two four actions announced lat…

The harsh effects of Monday’s storm were scattered throughout much of Erie County by late afternoon, well into the evening.Hamburg Town Police were not taking any chances and issued a travel advisory through Code Red calls to their 55,000 residents, urging no unnecessary travel in the entire town, including the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell and surrounding areas – until…

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Truckers heading in all different directions of the country Monday ended up stranded in Cheektowaga.“We are stuck,” said Martin Parker, of Columbus, Ohio, one of dozens of tractor-trailer drivers who pulled off the Thruway and parked at Jim’s Truck Plaza on Walden Avenue after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo closed a large portion of Interstate 90 to commercial traffic.Parker didn’t …

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There’s nothing simple about the formula used to measure the wind chill temperature, unless you’re quick with decimal exponents.But there is an underlying concept that’s pretty easy to understand. When the wind chill figure goes south of 17 degrees below zero, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in 15 minutes or less.And now we’ve got wind chill factors well below that.Win…

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Yes, it’s a blizzard.The blustery winds gusting more than 35 mph – a few clocked in at 50 mph – combined with the snow and blowing snow whitening the region for several hours this afternoon mark the defining components of a bonafide blizzard, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Zaff.Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties are under blizzard warnings this evening.Th…

The Erie County Department of Health today offered advice to homeowners considering using alternative methods to heat their homes in the event of a power outage caused by the winter storm.“Everyone needs to be mindful of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning,” said Dr. Gale Burnstein, Erie County’s health commissioner. “Improper use of generators or portable space heate…

Consider it a late-arriving visitor from the North Pole, or a hurricane without the palm trees. The polar vortex chilling much of the country – including Western New York – is a large-scale “cyclonic circulation” generated when cold air from the frozen Arctic comes into contact with relatively warmer bodies of water, unfrozen patches of ocean. The National Snow and Ice Dat…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this afternoon announced that parts of the Thruway in Western New York will be closed starting this afternoon due to extreme winter weather conditions. Starting at 3 p.m., the Thruway between Exit 55 (Route 219/Lackawanna/Springville/Orchard Park/West Seneca) and Exit 61 (Shortman Road, Ripley) will be closed to commercial vehicles at 3 p.m. Starting a…

The Buffalo City Mission has issued a Code Blue weather alert for today and Tuesday. The mission, 100 E. Tupper St., will be open all day and night to receive people escaping the winter storm and frigid temperatures.St. Luke’s Mission, 325 Walden Ave., also is open for the homeless.The City of Buffalo announced 11 warming centers will be open today and Tuesday, and possibl…