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December – and 2013 – is going out with snow.A snow band coming off of Lake Erie is shifting south from Niagara Falls and Grand Island into the Buffalo area this morning, making driving difficult.The snow band will settle south of Buffalo into the higher elevations and ski country this afternoon, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Kelly.The weather ser…

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Long underwear, heavyweight parkas, gloves, scarves and earmuffs – not to mention party hats, noisemakers and a hot Thermos of something – will be on tonight’s checklist of essential items for counting down the minutes to 2014 outdoors.Frigid conditions with temperatures in the teens and wind chills that are expected to bottom out around zero degrees will prevail in Buffal…

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The lake-effect snow dusting the area this morning will taper off during the day and give Western New Yorkers a brief period of calm this evening before the open waters of Lake Erie deliver one final punch in 2013.Overnight, a sturdier band of lake-effect snow is expected in the metro area, where it could drop between 3 and 5 inches of snow in some spots, according to the …

Western New York will get a mild respite this weekend before getting a fresh blast of bitter cold early next week.Temperatures just below freezing began to inch up Friday evening and are expected to make their way toward 40 degrees today. Further good news: Rain is unlikely.Today is expected to start out at 33 degrees before warming up to a mild 38 degrees under partly clo…

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Get ready for some brief relief from the snow and cold.A lake-effect snow advisory has been lifted for southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. And warmer temperatures and drier conditions are forecast for the weekend.“It should remain relatively dry at least through Monday,” said Jim Mitchell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.…

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By Barbara O'Brien / NEWS STAFF REPORTER

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By Tim O'Shei / News Staff Reporter

and Lisa KhouryNews Staff Reporter and News Staff Reporters
Thu, Dec 26, 2013

Western New York’s white Christmas got a refresher coat Thursday.Officially, 3.3 inches fell at the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga, and an inch or two is forecast to arrive before noon today from a band of lake-effect squalls that is expected to drift north over the Buffalo metro area and then head south again. Another 5 to 8 inches were promised for southe…

Amherst Police have closed Smith Road from Transit Road to Millersport Highway and Dann Road from Smith to Transit because of heavy flooding, but were still trying to determine the cause of the flooding Wednesday afternoon.Routine police patrols found water rising at a rapid clip as of late afternoon, prompting the shutdown of the two roads as well as multiple courts and n…

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In the end it was a white Christmas after all for Western New York, although some parts of the region faced a lot more wet than white.Meteorologists at the National Weather Service measured 2 inches of snow on the ground about daybreak on Christmas, providing the area a white Christmas.The current cold snap sent the temperature down to 2 degrees Wednesday morning, a tad co…

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The water of Tonawanda Creek is slowly going down today after causing widespread flooding Tuesday throughout parts of northern Amherst, Clarence, Newstead and portions of southern Niagara County.Tonawanda Creek was well over the 12-foot flood stage when it crested at 15.13 feet Tuesday afternoon, bringing what the National Weather Service called “moderate flooding.”“There’…

The prospect of a white Christmas went from “iffy” to pretty much definite for most of Western New York overnight.Metro Buffalo has received a light covering of snow and the mercury is on a downward trend, meaning the new snow isn’t going to go anywhere.About an inch is expected throughout the day in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, with a high of about 22 and an overnight low o…

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The cleanup continued Monday after a weekend ice storm in Lockport and flooding in Northern Erie County, but today all eyes shift to the rising water of Tonawanda Creek which could trigger another round of submerged streets, yards and basements.Tonawanda Creek at Rapids is expected to crest at 15.8 feet early today, which is just short of the 16-foot “major flooding” stag…

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Most Western New Yorkers who lost their electrical power got it back late Sunday and overnight, but the weather concerns now move to local creeks, especially Tonawanda Creek, which is expected to crest just short of “major flooding” stage early Tuesday morning.The National Weather Service reported that Tonawanda Creek at Rapids was expected to crest at 15.7 feet at about 1…

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For many Western New Yorkers, the typical pre-holiday hustle and bustle was replaced with a different kind of stress on Sunday.Rainfall and melting snow combined to clog sewers and flood basements, and an ice storm knocked out power for nearly 65,000 customers, some of whom may have to wait days until the lights come back on.Some communities saw a decrease in the number of…

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Power has been restored to about 10,000 or 11,000 of the 39,000 National Grid customers who lost power in Western New York overnight, but some homes may not get power back until Tuesday, company officials said this afternoon.Some 18,500 homes in Niagara County and 9,300 in Erie County were among those hit when rain turned to ice and coated power lines throughout the region…

Warnings and watches dominate the local weather forecast, as Western New York braces for a one-two punch of freezing rain and swollen creeks over the next day.One culprit is freezing rain, which could coat the northern half of the region with a layer of ice with the potential to down tree limbs and trigger power outages. Late Saturday, the National Weather Service reported…