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While the snow machine cranked up again this morning throughout Western New York, no major snowstorms are expected this week, as this unrelenting winter continues with temperatures dropping to the teens and single digits throughout the week.“It’s back to February weather, cold with a chance of snow,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Kelly said this morning.Foreca…

It’s nearly March, but we’re about to head into another week of January-style temperatures.While the average high for this time of year is about 36 degrees, the high on Monday and Tuesday will reach only the low 20s – and for the next few days after that, daily highs are expected to be in the teens. The source of the trouble: arctic air – the infamous polar vortex – blowin…

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Thick chunks of ice were still jamming up area creeks Friday evening but, as the rain stopped and temperatures dropped, the threat of major flooding passed through Western New York without too many serious problems.By 9 p.m., the National Weather Service reported that all warnings of creek flooding had been canceled, although ice jams remained a threat on Buffalo Creek in …

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Ready for a roller coaster ride of weather over the next 24 to 36 hours?By this time tomorrow, it will be 50 degrees. But don’t expect to see much of the sun.Instead, rain and thunderstorms are forecast, along with winds gusting to 50 mph.Then a return Friday afternoon to 30 degrees.And all of that could bring some flooding.“The rain will start about 1 this afternoon and …

The frigid winter is costing you each time your furnace kicks on.So far, the cold temperatures have tacked on almost $100 to the average Western New Yorker’s heating bill, compared with what they paid during last winter’s mild weather. And by the time spring arrives at the end of next month, it’s likely that a typical resident will have shelled out a minimum of $165 more t…

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As temperatures rose on Wednesday, breaking a prolonged cold snap, crews from West Seneca and the Buffalo Police Department’s underwater squad took some preventive measures to keep the banks of Cayuga Creek and Buffalo Creek from overflowing, in the event that ice and the snow pack would begin to melt too quickly.Their action was a great relief to residents in the Lexingto…

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We’re on the threshold of another milestone: 100 inches of snowfall.This likely will be the quickest we’ve tallied the mark in more than a decade.Heap that statistic atop the pile of other wintry highlights: the Thanksgiving week snowstorm, our first blizzard in 21 years, and inclusion in the “Top 10” of all-time snowiest Januaries. All of that follows back-to-back mild wi…

Warmer temperatures and shifting ice have Fort Erie, Ont., officials asking the public to stay away from the Crystal Beach ice caves.The beautiful ice formations on Lake Erie attracted about 25,000 people Monday, said Fort Erie Fire Chief Larry Coplen.But they may be the last to see the ice up close.“With the change in weather, the ice has started to shift and become very …

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An old friend will be visiting again this week, one we haven’t seen for a while in these parts: temperatures above freezing.The National Weather Service is calling for high temperatures of 30 degrees today, 38 on Wednesday and 44 on Thursday.Depending on what happens later today, that will end the current streak of 15 or 16 days when the temperature hasn’t reached 32 degre…

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At this rate, it should be getting warmer soon – by late June or July.Actually, the overnight sub-zero temperatures throughout Western New York were just a prelude to the big thaw, starting now through the end of the week.“We’re looking for temperatures to warm up into the mid 20s today, the upper 30s by Wednesday and the upper 40s by Thursday,” National Weather Service me…

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HAMPTON CORNERS – The story of this brutal winter may best be told 60 miles east of Buffalo, where a mine runs as deep as the Empire State Building is tall.It’s here where you’ll find a couple hundred miners 1,300 feet below ground working nine-hour shifts, seven days a week to keep up with the nation’s voracious appetite for this season’s hottest commodity: Salt.It’s been…

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WASHINGTON – Mother Nature had scant love for the eastern part of the United States on Valentine’s Day, continuing a streak of miserable and deadly weather that has turned much of the nation into a snowy, icy mess and caused a major pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.Two major pileups and smaller fender-benders involving tractor-trailers and scores of cars blocked one sid…

A powerful storm system that battered the East Coast today has snarled air traffic into and out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport.A check of the Buffalo airport’s website around 5 p.m. showed that of 47 flights scheduled to arrive after 2 p.m., 19 were canceled, four were delayed and 13 were listed as on time, with the rest already in air.Many of the canceled flight…

It was 3 degrees below zero this morning outside the National Weather Service’s office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport – and that was the warmest temperature recorded around daybreak.“The big winner was Franklinville – 27 below,” said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock.Temperatures plummeted during the clear, moonlit night, but no records were broken – at least not at th…

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As Mother Nature threatens to paralyze Georgia and parts of the Carolinas with 2 inches of snow and three-quarters of an inch of ice, Western New York is about to enjoy a midwinter reprieve.After a bone-chilling night of zero or lower, sunshine is forecast across our region today and Thursday, and temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 20s for the first time this …