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Snow was on the ground this morning in some parts of the Southern Tier, but don’t worry about breaking out the shovels just yet.An inch was reported in Olean, and six-tenths of an inch in Whitesville – south of Wellsville in Allegany County, according to meteorologist Dan Kelly of the National Weather Service in Buffalo. There could be some isolated higher amounts, he adde…

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November roared into Buffalo Niagara like a freight train Friday with winds whipping above 60 mph, dropping trees and light poles down onto cars and homes, driving lake water over area roadways and knocking out power to several thousand homes.Spawned by a “very strong area of low pressure” that passed just to the northwest of the metro area, the wild winds lived up to the …

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Your little witches, goblins, fairy princesses and ninjas can probably count on a little respite from the heavy rain tonight for trick-or-treating.The National Weather Service is reporting that the rain should let up during prime trick-or-treating hours.“We still think there might be a bit of a lull later this afternoon and this evening,” reported meteorologist Jon Hitchco…

Trick-or-treaters venturing outside for Halloween Thursday night may get a treat, in terms of weather, before things get tricky later on.Temperatures on Thursday are expected to reach the mid to upper 60s. Though periods of rain are expected, a washout isn’t.“We think there’s going to be a decent break,” said Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service in Buffalo, referr…

Temperatures, as expected, dipped into the 20s in much of Western New York overnight Tuesday, as most of the region endured its first frost of the season.Unofficial spotters’ reports compiled by the National Weather Service listed a low of 25 degrees, in both Warsaw and Attica, in Wyoming County. Other overnight lows included 28 in Niagara Falls and 29 in Amherst, Clarence…

Say goodbye to your marigolds and chrysanthemums.Give up on those late-ripening grapes and tomatoes. Unless you covered them up or brought them inside, chances are they’re nipped by metro Buffalo’s first freeze of the season.Clear skies and dry air in combination with a cool front were expected to drive overnight temperatures down to their lowest point so far this fall and…

Get ready. Grab your longjohns out of the closet. See if you can find those winter gloves you stuck somewhere last March. The freeze is coming.The National Weather Service early today issued a freeze warning for five Western New York counties – Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua – effective from 11 p.m. tonight to 9 a.m. Tuesday.Forecasters are calling for over…

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Strong winds pushing through the region Saturday morning peaked by early afternoon as the weather brought in showers and, possibly, a few wet snow flakes, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.A wind advisory that stretched to 6 p.m. featured winds averaging between 25 to 35 mph and gusts of up to 50 mph. “Probably the strongest winds should be sometime ar…

Southwest winds gusting up to 55 mph are forecast for today and could result in some minor damage to trees and power lines, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo.“We’ve got a storm system passing by just to the north of us ... that will bring strong winds,” said Aaron Reynolds, Weather Service meteorologist. “People should tie things down, bring in trash can…

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, National …

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 in the lo…

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 afternoon, tho…

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 to be – …

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 of 3 inch…