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Watch out after the warmup. After temperatures in the 50s on Thursday, a winter storm will likely hit Western New York late Friday and Saturday with "potentially significant amounts of snowfall," according to the National Weather Service. The weather service posted a winter storm watch from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for Western New York, warning…

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Warm, springlike air Thursday will rapidly melt the snow pack, create substantial water runoff and initiate ice jam flooding on area creeks and streams. The National Weather Service posted a flood watch for all of Western New York from Thursday through Friday night. "Snow melt and warming temperatures Wednesday will soften river ice," the weather service said. …

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Millions of Americans learned about something called “bombogenesis” and the phrase “bomb cyclone” for the first time last week. When the Blizzard of 2018 moved up off the east coast, it carved a place for itself in meteorological history … the bomb of bombs. Bombogenesis refers to extraordinary deepening of central barometric pressure in a nontropical low-pressure syste…

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The January thaw is coming. Temperatures are forecast to rapidly increase starting Wednesday morning. They'll be into the 40s by afternoon, into the 50s on Thursday and remain above freezing until later Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service projects. Today's high is 31 and it's forecast to be partly sunny and breezy. Showers are likely Wednesday and could…

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The deep freeze is gone, but the area got a little snow over the past 24 hours. Here are the latest totals from spotter reports to the National Weather Service: Erie County 1.4 inches – Buffalo Niagara International Airport 0.5 inches – Amherst 0.2 inches – Colden 0.1 inches – Elma Center 0.1 inches – Boston 0.1 inches – Cheektowaga Niagara Cou…

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The last time the mercury in Buffalo rose above the freezing mark was a 33-degree reading on Christmas Day. It happened for the first time in 2018 at 6:05 a.m. today, according to National Weather Service data, when the thermometer toe-touched 33. It is expected to reach into the mid-30s today. By Thursday, a brief but exaggerated warm-up is also forecast. How doe…

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Jaguars game at EverBank Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Cool, partly sunny, dry. 8 a.m. temperature: 39 rising to 49 by midday. GAME TEMPERATURE: 50 to 53 degrees. WIND: East north easter winds of 7 to 14 mph picking up to about 12 to 18 mph by game time. Slight impact on passing/kickin…

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The week of Jan. 8th will be much less harsh than the previous 10 days, and the absolute worst of our cold wave will be over for the foreseeable future. It was pretty rough and occasionally dangerous while it lasted. That’s not to say you can’t find some crusty types who claim we and our schoolkids have been wussified. There is one spot in the Northeast in which no wuss…

The National Weather Service released snowfall totals for the 48 hours ending 9 a.m. Saturday, and Jamestown comes out on top with 8.4 inches. Here are the other area measurements: Medina 6.3 inches Randolph 5 inches Little Valley 4.7 inches Amherst 4.1 inches North Tonawanda 4.1 inches Lockport 3.9 inches Wyoming 3.5 inches  

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CRYSTAL BEACH, Ont. – Lake Erie’s “ring of ice” is back. From Dunkirk to Point Abino, Ont., ice volcanoes, tall dunes and other icy formations dot the shoreline. A steady stream of ice gawkers pulled into the snow-covered parking lot at Crystal Beach Waterfront Park Friday. They gazed into the static Antarctica-like landscape from the comfort of their heated cars on …

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Ticeia Lalo stood Friday in between racks of neatly sorted winter clothes inside True Bethel Baptist Church's mobile outreach bus looking for "a little bit of everything." Her grandchildren, visiting from Virginia, needed winter coats and snow pants and her neighbor's son, who she brought with her, wanted gloves. He hadn't had any for a while, the 12-year-old boy said. …

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It's dangerously cold with the outside temperature hovering around zero and wind chills expected to plunge into the negative 20s today and Saturday. The dangers are frostbite and hypothermia. Here's some advice from the American Red Cross about how to recognize hypothermia and frostbite and what to do to treat it. Frostbite is the freezing of a specific body part …

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The crew of the USS Little Rock LCS-9, which was commissioned at Canalside in Buffalo on Dec. 16, expected to be well on their way to their home base in Mayport, Fla., at this point. Instead, their departure from Buffalo was delayed for three days by the weather. Now the newest ship in the Navy has been moored at a dock in Montreal for more than a week. The vessel’s …

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Due to extreme weather conditions, nine senior and community centers in Buffalo will be open as temporary warming centers for residents seeking shelter from the cold, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Thursday. “With dangerously cold weather in the forecast, we must take extra safety precautions because it’s simply unsafe for anyone to be outside for prolonged periods of time. …

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Statistics compiled by government agencies, economists and insurance companies confirm 2017 was the most expensive weather-related disaster year in North American history. That’s apart from the tragic large loss of life which continues to mount in Puerto Rico as well as confirmed deaths elsewhere in the U.S. and the Virgin Islands related to other hurricanes, tornadoes, li…