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DAPHNE, Ala. – Ross Hayes had no regrets about the choice. He and his wife, Camille, loaded up their Honda Accord last Friday with everything precious in their lives. Their son Seth and daughter Arabel squeezed into the small car, joined by a pit bull named Blitz, two kittens – Willow and Autumn – and a guinea pig called Elliott. Like Noah, in a tiny way, they fo…

A thunderstorm is moving across the Buffalo metro area. "It's not severe, but we'll still have some lightning and heavy rain, which is typical for summer thunderstorms," said Kirk Apffel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at the Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airport in Cheektowaga. "They're still dangerous, especially with the lightning. So …

Erie County

Just days after one of three damaging tornados put the Hamburg Fairgrounds directly in its sights, Erie County Fair organizers are now cleaning up the considerable damage, but they are also taking some time to celebrate the area's resilience. A T-shirt which proclaims "I survived Fairnado" is being promoted on the Erie County Fair's Facebook page. "Thank-you again fo…

Weather

You can call it the calm after the storm. After a series of fast-moving thunderstorms and the -- unrealized -- threat of a tornado on Monday, there is only more rain and cooler temperatures to look forward to for the remainder of the week. According to the National Weather Service at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, local residents should pre…

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The National Weather Service late Thursday issued a flood warning for portions of Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties, following several rounds of heavy rain throughout the region. Between 1 1/2 to 2 inches of rain fell during the storm, according to Kirk Apffel, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "The worst of it is across the southern half of Erie County," Ap…

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George Smith has seen some monster snowfalls in Western New York. A little more than two years ago, when parts of the region received up to seven feet of snow in an almost unimaginable November storm, Smith stumbled and fell while walking across the back yard of his Southtowns home. Now in his 70s, he copes with stenosis of the spine, a degenerative condition. The snow …

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The first week of 2017 will bring warmer-than-seasonal temperatures, followed by a return to colder air by midweek. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-40s on Monday and soar into the 50s on Tuesday. The local weather picture is set to snap back to reality on Wednesday, with temperatures returning to the low 30s, according Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist with …

The National Weather Service Tuesday issued a lake-effect snow watch for southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from Thursday night into Friday night. Areas that could be affected include Springville in Erie County, Jamestown in Chautauqua County and Olean in Cattaraugus County. Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Nia…

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Buffalo's upcoming weekend will start like Memorial Day and finish like Christmas. Today may be the last chance to wear short sleeves outdoors -- and get your yard ready for what's ahead. Near-record warmth is forecast with daytime highs in the 70s. It all changes on Saturday when a sharp cold front cuts through the Buffalo Niagara region. Temperatures will plummet…

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The weekend weather forecast has the Buffalo Niagara region abuzz. It’ll be warm enough to wear shorts on Friday and Saturday. And then it might be time to wear gloves and boots late Sunday. With the makings of a blizzard taking shape in the Plains – up to 2 feet of snow could fall in Minnesota – get ready for the season’s first snowfall here in some form.…

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Friday is the two-year anniversary of the November Storm. Forecasts show this Nov. 18, it'll be nearly 20 degrees warmer than average in Buffalo. Daytime highs should reach the mid-60s under sunny skies. But don't get used to Mother Nature's benevolence. The first measurable snowfall of the season could be just days behind it. National Weather Service forec…

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Above-average temperatures for four out of the last five presidential elections in Buffalo have made going to the polls more comfortable. Later this afternoon, you'll probably need an umbrella. An approaching cold front will usher in some rain showers starting around dinnertime. Chances for rain increase through the 9 p.m. poll closing time, forecasts show. The da…

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A picturesque frosty morning greeted the Western New York region at dawn. Many areas of the region woke up to find frost encrusted the grass, leaves and other outdoor plants. Frost forms when the moisture in the air results in condensation temperatures below freezing and the temperature cools down to that point. And, it happened this morning even though air tempe…