April showers turn a wintry white
Is this spring break or winter break? Western New York's weather is doing its best to confuse the issue.
A cold front blowing in on blustery winds periodically mixed snow with rain throughout the day on Palm Sunday, then staged a full-fledged but brief horizontal snow squall in Buffalo late in the afternoon. Shades of mid-January!
This being mid-April, none of it stuck around.
The National Weather Service says we can expect more of the white stuff from mid-morning to mid-afternoon today as the cold spell persists. There may be as much as an inch in grassy areas around Buffalo, forecasters predict, but it's unlikely to accumulate on highways or sidewalks. Higher elevations could see a couple inches, they say.
Come Tuesday, we're back to rain.
"No real big deal," the Weather Service said in its forecast commentary Sunday evening, "but a reminder of April's volatility."
Electronics drop-offs set at Highway Department
Amherst residents looking to recycle old computers, TVs, kitchen appliances, boom boxes, phones and more can now take their electronic waste to the town's Highway Department for recycling free of charge.
Drop-offs are accepted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Highway Department offices, 1042 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Please bring your ID for proof of residency.
For the complete list of acceptable materials, click on the link on the Town of Amherst home page: www.amherst.ny.us.
Watershed workshop to be held April 30
A workshop on the Buffalo River watershed will be presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at 9:30 a.m. April 30.
The purpose of the workshop is to introduce an upcoming study and identify concerns and priorities for the 446 square miles of watershed throughout Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties.
For more information or make reservations contact Richard Tindell of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at 852-7483 ext. 14, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beaver Island golf course scheduled to open Thursday
The golf course at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island will open for the season Thursday, weather and course conditions permitting, state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey announces.
Fees for playing 18 holes will be $21 weekdays, $25 weekends. Nine-hole rates are $13 weekdays and $14 weekends. Senior New York State residents 62 and older pay $15 for 18 holes and $9 for nine holes, weekdays only. Junior New Yorkers 17 and under pay the same rates as seniors seven days a week. Electric cart rentals are $24 for 18 holes, $14 for nine holes. For information and tee times, call 773-2010.