Warmer temperatures, rain boost chances of flooding
Western New York is in for a New Year's meltdown.
Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 40s today as a year-end rush of warm Southern air spreads over the region and peaks about 50 on Saturday before colder, more seasonable weather returns.
If the mild air doesn't dissolve the snow we have on the ground, then the rain will. A few showers are expected later today and up to half an inch of rain is predicted for Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert for the possibility of ice jam flooding on Saturday in area creeks and streams.
$1,500 grant to continue work aiding city's youth
SALAMANCA -- The Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has issued a grant of $1,500 to the Friends of the Salamanca Youth Bureau to help fund its "Fill a Backpack" program.
The program, a collaborative effort between the Youth Bureau, Our Lady of Peace Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cattaraugus Community Action and Salamanca schools, provides backpacks filled with food and other necessities to Salamanca students in need. The program receives some food donations from the Food Bank of Western New York, but it also relies on donations from individuals.
The program was originally created by Pat Standish of the Wyoming County Community Action Program.
For more information on the Community Foundation and its funds, visit www.cattfoundation.org.
NFTA extends service to accommodate revelers
Metro Rail will extend service by two hours tonight to accommodate passengers attending the New Year's Eve ball drop in Roosevelt Square and downtown's First Night celebration.
The last train will leave the Erie Canal Harbor Station at 2 a.m. Saturday, heading for the University Station.
Trains will rain at 20-minute intervals and stop at all of the stations, though service may be suspended at one point due to the large crowds expected on the tracks during the ball drop.
New Year's Eve closings
This is how the following area offices and services will be affected today by New Year's Eve.
City Court .... Closed
County courts .... Closed
State courts .... Closed
Federal courts .... Closed
City offices ....Closed
County offices .... Closed
Cheektowaga auto bureau .... Open
State offices .... Closed
Federal offices .... Closed
Post Office .... Open/Some close at noon
Schools .... Closed
Banks .... Open
Most stores .... Open
Metro Bus, Rail .... Weekday schedule
City garbage .... Regular