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The schools were closed. The entire length of the Thruway – including I-190 – was shut down to tractor-trailers. The National Guard was called in. Even Anderson's Frozen Custard closed all of its Erie County locations. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, only 6 1/2 inches of snow had fallen on Buffalo. What's happened to us? "Where's the storm? We ain't got none," barked T…

One of the best parts of my job is I don't have to leave home to watch television, especially during snowstorms. One of the worst parts of my job is watching the local news stations hype the snowstorms, which usually translates into high ratings. But surprise, surprise. This morning, the three local news stations on broadcast television were pretty calm about the sno…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency across all 62 counties as of midnight, with a snowstorm set to sock the state from Youngstown to Yonkers. But Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz thinks no one in Western New York should be frazzled. As dozens of schools announced closures, Poloncarz took to Twitter on Monday night, posting a weather forecast an…

The snow is here and it's going to keep coming overnight and Wednesday. Here's what you should know: Tractor-trailers continue to be banned from the I-90, the I-190, the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86 and Route 17) and several other state highways, but not the Youngmann Expressway (I-290). The Genesee County Sheriff's Office has issued a travelers' advisory, tell…

  Every school district in Erie County has declared that school Tuesday would be closed due to an approaching winter storm. The Niagara Falls School District will also be closed. The Erie County school districts that will be closed are: Alden Central School District Amherst Central School District Buffalo Public Schools Cheektowaga Central School D…

A check of flights arriving and departing from the Buffalo Niagara International Airport showed a rash of cancellations late Monday evening, but that was due to worsening conditions elsewhere, officials said. “I just spoke to the airfield superintendent and our runways are fine, in totally good shape," NFTA spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said just before 8 p.m. "So we…

A winter storm is bearing down on Western New York — and in a bizarre coincidence, it's coming on the 24th anniversary that a deadly storm buried much of the East Coast. As Accuweather remembers it: "The Blizzard of '93 killed more than 300 people and dumped more than 20 inches of snow across a wide corridor of the Appalachians and Northeast. Fierce winds blew snow…

  Here's what to expect and when:   Tonight "Some light lake-effect snow" is possible southeast of lakes Erie and Ontario as a northwesterly flow sets up across the region. A slight chance for more snow showers is forecast in the metro Buffalo area with less than an inch of accumulation possible. There could be as much as a few inches in areas a…

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz wants the state to review the New York State Electric & Gas response to last week's widespread power outages caused by a windstorm. Poloncarz posted on his social media accounts over the weekend that he requested an investigation by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's staff and the state Public Service Commission. Poloncarz cited Cuomo's r…

With the approaching winter storm, several municipalities are temporarily reinstating their winter parking bans. The City of Buffalo also has reinstated winter parking rules along bus routes. In addition, Amherst and Kenmore police are asking residents to avoid parking on the street. Between 8 and 18 inches are predicted to fall between tonight and Wednesday night. …

For the 33-plus years I’ve been in Buffalo, I’ve been talking about about downslope winds, maybe even to the extent of ad nauseum. We currently are at the start of a March cold snap. For those of you who hold the cold in disfavor, downslope is precisely the kind of wind you need – but won’t get – for the next week or so. A downslope wind is one in which air fl…

A winter storm watch has been issued for much of Western New York from Monday evening through Wednesday evening. Snow accumulations of 7 to 14 inches are possible for Buffalo as well as Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, according the National Weather Service. [UPDATE: A 48-hour winter storm warning starts at 8 p.m. Mo…

Coming off the warmest February in Buffalo's history, it seemed an early spring was already at hand. Not so. Arctic-sourced air will be calling the Buffalo Niagara region its home for at least a week, and possibly longer. That means daily temperatures could run as much as 20 degrees below normal for mid-March, along with snow and frigid wind chills. So keep the…