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Wisconsin’s supporters woke up to an 11 degree day. The Fighting Irish faithful drove through snow – off three Great Lakes. For Princeton, Villanova and Virginia Tech’s fans, it was the wind. While we were battling the two-day storm known as “Stella,” getting to Buffalo on Wednesday wasn’t easy for fans coming to the NCAA Tournament basketball games wh…

Bright sunshine poured into metro Buffalo late Wednesday - putting an end to what, for many, was the biggest snowstorm of the winter. Officially, at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, the storm total was 19.6 inches. The sudden appearance of the sun was a pleasant surprise on a day that began with blustery winds and more of the constant snow that …

The city will feature its wintry side in the NCAA men's basketball tournament's sixth visit to Buffalo this week, according to National Weather Service forecasts. The weather has been about average for late winter, verging on spring during most of the previous five times the city played host to March Madness. Fans and tournament teams have been treated to cool, but g…

After nearly two full days, the snowfall has started to taper off. Here's what you need to know: Lockport leads Western New York with more than 2 feet of snow. (Snowfall totals below) A temporary ban on tractor-trailer traffic was lifted late Wednesday afternoon on all highways in the state, including the New York State Thruway. The Niagara Frontier Transportat…

This snowstorm just won’t go away. After setting a record Tuesday, it’s kept piling on, adding 3 to 5 inches more overnight and promising another couple of inches today before it finally stops tonight. “It’s right on target,” National Weather Service meteorologist Aaron Reynolds said Tuesday evening. “We’re getting what was forecast.” Along with th…

Snow, cold temperatures and the prospect of blowing snow have prompted Buffalo Public School officials to close city schools again Wednesday, spokeswoman Elana Cala reported Tuesday night. Numerous other school districts across Western New York have looked at the weather forecast and have taken the same action. The Buffalo Board of Education also canceled its regular m…

I choose to write on this topic at a time when my forecast and those of many of my local colleagues are doing just fine in the midst of our long-duration winter storm. The timing is not coincidental; I’m not as dumb as I look! A busted forecast is a fuzzy phrase that purports to describe a forecast gone bad. Some laypeople call forecasts busted that are nowhere near m…

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…