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Evening commuters heading to the Southtowns might want to take it easy as a lake-effect snow band that dumped 3 inches of snow in the Buffalo metro area this morning drifts back south. "It's out of the City of Buffalo, but the southern Buffalo metro can still expect some poor travel conditions," said Heather Kenyon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at t…

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Our next quick hit of arctic air will arrive Tuesday and last through Thursday. While it won’t be extreme cold, it will be sufficient to spray around some lake-effect snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Here's a model examination of timing and placement for the snow. No problems are indicated for the Tuesday commutes. With a windy start to the day, a few lingering rain show…

Buffalo

The good news is that Monday's temperatures will top out in the 50s in and around Buffalo. The bad news is that there will be rain along with it. Monday's forecast calls for a high of 51 in Buffalo, but also for a 100% chance of precipitation, with the day's rainfall predicted to be between a quarter and a half of an inch. Monday night, the low is only expected to be 41…

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If anyone was hoping for a snowy, cold weather advantage Sunday at the stadium, fuggedaboutit. What looked like a mild, windy day earlier this week still looks that way, only milder than first thought. It appears the gusty breeze from the southwest will be more from the south and coming down the slopes of the hills to the south. Downslope winds are the warmest wind we get.…

Columns

One of the battle cries of climate change nonbelievers (not scientist skeptics, but genuine deniers) is that climate models have been wildly inaccurate from the get-go, the 1970s. I have to admit I’m dumbfounded as to how anyone in the face of irrefutable increasing obvious impacts of warming can still deny that evidence, but this article isn’t about my personal impress…

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Before and during Thursday a cold west-northwest flow will replace the southwest flow that had been with us Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. This subtle change will send the lake-effect snow well to the south of even the Southtowns and into ski country for Thursday, where moderate accumulations will fall. We can presume this will aid ski resorts’ bases as well. This fl…

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A band of lake effect snow is creating slippery spots on roads in the metro Buffalo region and easterly toward Batavia, according to the National Weather Service. "Within this band of snow, additional snow of a half to one inch will lower visibilities and create slippery spots on area roads," the weather service said. "Milder air near Lake Erie may allow for a little ra…

Columns

Chutzpah? I’m about to launch into some reflections on TV weather hype. I have no doubt a few of you consider me to have been one of the perpetrators of same, and in that context there could be chutzpah involved. To be clear, hype is usually a separate issue from accuracy. If I see in the data and my decades of pattern recognition evidence that supports a forecast of 7 to…

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Brace yourself for more ice, snow and freezing rain. And more slippery roads. The winter ice storm that struck Western New York on Sunday causing accidents, power outages and an airport emergency is showing signs of sticking around longer than expected. National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said the Sunday afternoon melting may be followed by a resu…

Buffalo

High winds and high water levels in Lake Erie caused some recent damage that will have to be repaired before the Erie Basin Marina reopens in May. Damage was caused by three windstorms that struck Buffalo on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Nov. 27, said Jim Marinello, general manager of Smith Boys Marina, which is hired by the City of Buffalo to operate the downtown tourist attrac…

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The Bills played well above average on Thanksgiving. On the other hand, in my bailiwick, temperatures were merely average with a high of 42 and a low of 30 … exactly average, in fact. You’d be surprised how seldom that happens. However, the rest of this holiday weekend will be running below average, and getting somewhat messier by very late Saturday night into Sunday morni…

Buffalo

A wintry mix of precipitation and a possible ice storm are in store for Western New York on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS issued a hazardous weather outlook early Friday morning for Western New York on Sunday that includes mixed wintry precipitation, including some freezing rain and possible minor ice accumulations. The forecast is for all c…

Buffalo

High winds and flooding Wednesday resulted in the closing of Erie Basin Marina and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Centennial Park, according to a spokesman for Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown. Spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said motorists and pedestrians were being warned to avoid those areas. A high wind warning, along with a lakeshore flood warning, from the National Weather Serv…

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday asked President Trump to declare a major disaster in 18 counties in the state – including Erie and Chautauqua – that suffered severe flooding during heavy rainstorms on Oct. 31. "This year's Halloween storm caused tremendous damage to infrastructure and homes across the entire state," Cuomo said. State and federal offici…