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The National Weather Service has elevated  a winter weather advisory for all but the three Southern Tier counties to an ice storm warning. A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Southern Tier for somewhat lesser ice accumulations. Quick answer: Not yet imminent, but likely. Cold weather precipitation type is largely determined by the depth or thickness o…

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A stalled frontal boundary will divide portions of Western New York between the warm and the unwarm. It'll also bring several rounds of rain to the region through the weekend, including the possibility for freezing rain Saturday that could bring as much as one-half inch of ice to some parts of the region, the National Weather Service said. The weather service issued …

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Keep your umbrellas handy. It's going to be damp for the next several days, the National Weather Service forecast shows. Rain is expected to develop across the Buffalo Niagara region by mid-morning today. There's a 100 percent chance for rain with up to one-half inch possible, forecasters said. Today's daytime high will peak in the upper 40s. Winds will start e…

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On the bright side, it will be relatively warmer over the next several days. But wet. Several rounds of rain showers associated with passing storm systems are forecast this week starting this afternoon, the National Weather Service forecasts. Today is expected to start out mostly cloudy with increasing chances for precipitation by early afternoon, forecasts show. …

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A major point in my article written Monday is the struggle warm air can have making a northward move in Western New York, even when computer guidance is more optimistic. As recently as early Monday evening, some National Weather Service headquarter ensemble output was still pushing for highs of 60-plus degrees near Buffalo this weekend. As of midday Tuesday's guidance, …

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The never-ending winter continued overnight Monday as light snow blanketed lawns and windshields, much to winter-weary Buffalonians' dismay. It was enough snow to prompt a 24-hour weather total report from the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. Here are a few highlights, according to weather spotters for the NWS: Warsaw in Wyoming County was the regional …

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If I’ve called myself the Prince of Pessimism, let’s call this article tempered pessimism, following some short-lived optimism. There appears to be a notable warmup on the way. Look, for example, at National Weather Service HQ projected high temps for this Friday. I’ll break it down a little further, based on my 34 years of experience in Western New York. What…

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One more day. After a stretch of significantly colder-than-normal temperatures in Buffalo, more seasonal temperatures are finally on the doorstep, according to the National Weather Service. But first, another cool day is on tap Tuesday. Light snow fell overnight leaving a little bit of a coating on lawns this chilly Tuesday morning. It was only 29 degrees at about…

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I suspect most folks are at least vaguely aware that the ice boom has nothing to do with our cold spring this year. After all, it’s been newsworthy that cold has dominated the Great Lakes and the Northeast. But then, it never has been connected with our other cold springs, either. Despite stubborn suspicions to the contrary, ice has always tended to pile up into a traff…

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When the power went out about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Damon Saunders, a managing partner at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Cheektowaga had no other choice but to politely ask customers to leave the restaurant With a free dinner. “We couldn’t run the registers,” Saunders said. The real hardship for Saunders and several other Walden Avenue eateries – including Panera Bread…

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Old Man Winter isn't giving up any ground yet in the Buffalo Niagara region. More cold, snow and wind is in today's forecast thanks to another passing storm system just north of the region. The National Weather Service said that today's snow squalls could affect the morning rush hour. About 2 inches of snow is possible in metro Buffalo by early afternoon with more in…

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Left to nature, Broderick Park could rest at the bottom of the Niagara River by 2033. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan. The Corps of Engineers is investigating how it can shore up a nearly mile-long stretch of shoreline from the Buffalo wastewater treatment plant to Bird Island Pier. When the Corps finishes its feasibility study next year, construct…

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The gigantic wind storm that raked Western New York and southern Ontario on Wednesday brought a hurricane-force gust to Batavia and the first gust over 60 mph to Buffalo in more than a year. In Rochester, a 66 mph wind gust was clocked, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts above 49 mph were recorded at Rochester for 10 straight hours Wednesday, setting the s…

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A flash flood watch is in effect until 11 a.m. for northern Erie and Niagara counties due to potential ice jams in the Niagara River, according to the National Weather Service. With ice from Lake Erie pushed down the river due to Wednesday's winds, there's a chance for flooding along the upper river, the weather service said. The winds today won't be as strong as wha…

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More than 11,000 power customers in Erie and Niagara counties remained without electricity early Thursday afternoon, a day after strong winds toppled trees and power lines across the region. Power was getting restored in some spots so far on Thursday. Around 6 a.m., there were nearly 16,000 customers without power in the two counties. More than 10,000 New York State …