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As I write in my office, a band of lake-effect rain has been hitting northern Erie and southern Niagara counties … liquid, lightweight and no warnings involved. One of these days (as Ralph Kramden used to say) the real deal will come along … frozen, heavyweight and requiring warnings. Last year, the National Weather Service's Buffalo office was one of several that e…

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As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Raiders game at New Era Field. TAILGATE FORECAST: Damp and chilly with showers or occasional showers. Temps range from 46-48. GAME TEMPERATURE: 48-50. WIND: WSW 10-15. May have a small impact on kicking and passing game, and will produce some limited wind chill. FORECAST: Occasio…

Town of Tonawanda

Drivers will get a two-week reprieve on the Town of Tonawanda's overnight winter parking restrictions. The Town Board announced that the overnight ban previously set for Nov. 1 will not be enforced until midnight Nov. 15. Deputy Supervisor John Bargnesi Jr. said the Highway Department gave its approval to allow drivers a few more weeks to park overnight on town stree…

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Anyone who has followed my work over the decades has probably heard me use the phrase “downslope wind” more than any three other meteorologists combined. I say that only half-jokingly. Downslope winds are those which heat up and dry out as they descend from a higher altitude to a lower altitude, and I have spoken of them nearly ad nauseum. For Western New York, o…

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One of Buffalo's warmest Octobers on record could end with the region's first snow flakes of the season, according to early forecasts. Successive shots of cold air will barrage the Buffalo Niagara region starting mid-week, according to the National Weather Service. After two more days of unseasonably warm air (interrupted with some wind and rain association with a pa…

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As of Saturday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Bucs game at New Era Field. Tailgate forecast: Rapid warm-up on a lovely morning, starting near 60 at 8 a.m. and rising to 73 by noon. Mostly sunny, high clouds, light southerly breeze. Game temperature: 75-78 degrees. Wind: South-southwest 5-10 early in the day increasing to 12-2…

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As of Friday morning, here is my look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Bucs game at New Era Field. Tailgate forecast: Mainly sunny with rapid warming. 8 a.m. temperature will be near 60, rising to 73 by midday. Wind: South-southwest 5-10 early in the day increasing to 12-20 during the game. May have a minor effect on the kicking/passing game. Game temperature: 7…

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By Jason Samenow If you’re itching for outbreaks of the polar vortex and waist-deep snow, the upcoming winter may not be your cup of tea. And, thanks to climate change, the odds of brutally cold winters are decaying. For the third time in as many years, the nation — on balance — should expect warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Se…

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“Bundle up: Experts say this winter is going to be pretty brutal.” That’s the headline I saw on Twitter last week, and the source intrigued me. WCVB in Boston is one of the nation’s most  prestigious local stations, and its weather department is headed by a friend and truly “expert” meteorologist, Harvey Leonard. Harvey has been in Boston TV since 1977, and…

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As of Tuesday afternoon, here is Don Paul's look at the weather for Sunday's Bills-Bucs game at New Era Field. Tailgate forecast: Mostly sunny and pleasant. Temp starts near 60 and rises to 71 by late AM/midday. SSW breeze 6-12 increases late AM. Game temperature: 72-75. Wind: SSW increasing to 15-25 by or during the game. May have some impacts on kicking/passing …

Bills

Are you ready for some sunshine? The Buffalo Bills will return from the bye week under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters say it's as certain as a Stephen Hauschka kick from 50 yards or more. In plain English? Here's what you can expect this "a…

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It's great news for late-season allergy sufferers and bad news for sensitive outdoor plants. The first frost of the season is possible this evening, the National Weather Service reported. A frost advisory is posted for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Chautauqua counties from midnight tonight through 8 a.m. Tuesday. "Frost may damage sensitive outdoor plants if…

Local News

Gusty winds accompanied by sheets of rain swept across Western New York as a strong cold front moved into the region late Sunday afternoon, downing trees and tree limbs and causing multiple power outages. National Grid reported more than 7,000 customers without electricity shortly before 6 p.m. Largest concentrations of outages were in the Town of Wilson in Niagara Coun…

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A lakeshore flooding warning issued for areas along Lake Ontario in Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties has been extended until 8 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service in Buffalo says that strong winds and "building wave action" are expected to increase shoreline erosion. There also may be some flooding in low-lying areas near bays and inlets, forecasters warned.…

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The cloudy black water beneath Niagara Falls came back Monday morning. Discolored water could be seen below the world-famous cataracts, a scene similar to what became an international spectacle over the summer. The Niagara Falls Water Board said in a statement that the discharge resulted because of "heavy and prolonged rainfall" that caused the treatment system's sto…