There will be a significant storm early next week in the Northeast, including the Buffalo Niagara region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service are pretty sure of that. Whether it comes in the form of cold rain, or heavy snow is still to be determined, but the latter is looking increasingly likely, forecasters say (and some weather models show). A strong…

We live in the troposphere, the lowest layer of the atmosphere. It’s where nearly all of our weather occurs, although a few towering thunderstorms can cross over a boundary called the tropopause and extend up into the stratosphere. In the troposphere, the temperature generally decreases with height  – except when there are temperature inversions, where a warm layer…

Roads are wet and salt trucks are out for the Tuesday morning commute as a freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. Amherst police have reported icy surfaces, and the Erie County Sheriff's Office has reported icy conditions near Transit and Miles roads in Clarence. "For the most part, most of the roads have just become wet," said David Thomas, meteorol…

Watch your step and drive carefully. With temperatures in the 20s this morning, roads are a bit slippery. A couple of accidents on the I-190 around the Grand Island bridges caused backups but both were cleared by 7 a.m. It'll warm up a tad during the day. Then look out for freezing rain tonight and into Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has issued a …

Most of you know that Earth would be uninhabitable without greenhouse gases. These gases allow solar energy through to heat our surface, but help absorb enough longer wave infrared radiation to keep our planet warm enough for life as we know it. In that broad and vital sense, the greenhouse effect is an all-important and good thing. Without the greenhouse effect, we wou…

Municipal officials are monitoring area waterways as today's rain combines with melting snow, setting the stage for potential flooding. The Gardenville section of West Seneca may experience minor flooding tonight when it is expected to rise near flood stage, according to the National Weather Service. At about 10 a.m., water levels were at 4.8 feet and rising, with Bu…

Social media – Facebook more than any other element of it – suffers from countless posts on news, politics, medicine, nutrition, and weather based on bad information. I’m here to discuss my bailiwick, weather. Sometimes it’s awful information tied to baseless conspiracy theories such as chemtrails. In this example, thousands of folks believe the government is…

Thanks for the memories, Mother Nature. One of the most chaotic weather weeks recently started with 28 inches of lake-effect snow that stranded students and stalled school buses. Frigid temperatures were followed by temperatures Wednesday in the high 40s, a meltdown, Oz-like wind and at least an inch of rain. Now we're in a flood watch, not knowing if we should pack …

The combination of rain with melting snow caused by unseasonably warm temperatures is a recipe that may cause flooding in some areas of Western New York. The National Weather Service put a flood watch into effect for Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Wyoming counties at 7 a.m. It runs through Friday night for Erie and Wyoming counties and Saturday morning for …

About 3,000 utility customers in Erie County remain without power thanks to some whipping winds overnight and early Wednesday. The strong winds ripped a 60-by-80-foot section of roof off the gymnasium at the former St. Aloysius Gonzaga school on Cleveland Drive in Cheektowaga. The portion of the roof that blew off was mostly a "light" roof made of foam, plywood and a…

Hold onto your hats if you're headed down to tonight's Buffalo Sabres game at KeyBank Center. Hold onto them anyway, if you live in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee or Monroe counties. A high wind warning was posted by the weather service for those areas from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Wednesday. As a result, the New York State Department of Transportation closed the Skyway…

Hazardous travel across the Buffalo Niagara region is expected on Tuesday. This time, it will be freezing rain in some parts. Occasional snowfall is forecast to overspread the metro area early Tuesday and changing over to occasional rain during the afternoon hours, National Weather Service forecasters said. - Icy cold to become warm and wet with another Jan…

This isn't a typical January in Buffalo. Temperatures in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday are forecast with a mild and wet 55-degree day on Thursday. In other words, the second January thaw in as many weeks is imminent, according to National Weather Service forecasts. It's expected to change snow into rain on Tuesday with more rain Tuesday night, a cloudy warmer …

A portion of the New York State Thruway was reopened to commercial traffic Sunday morning. Eastbound and westbound traffic on the I-90 from Pennsylvania to Silver Creek was closed Saturday night to tractor-trailers because of the weather, said Thruway police. The ban was lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday.    

Here today, gone Tuesday. I’m referring to the polar airmass which has us in its grip. A couple of weeks back, I wrote of some evidence January would be turning much colder than what we were experiencing late in December. It did just that. What has changed since then is the coming development of a significant January thaw now showing clearly in all the extend…