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Frigid temperatures with wind chills dropping below zero made for the year's coldest weather on Friday morning. The cold, combined with overnight snowfall, made for a tough commute for those heading to Buffalo from the south. The National Weather Service said Friday morning temperatures at Buffalo Niagara International airport dropped into the single digits for the f…

Erie County

The snow – and slush – is here. Western New Yorkers woke up Thursday to snowy and slushy conditions via a storm that was forecast to bring 3 to 6 inches of snow overnight but fell well short of that range. The storm began at around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, spreading northeastward from Pennsylvania and Ohio and extending across all eight Western New York counties by 1…

Columns

A couple more quick hits from winter will be arriving after the dinner hour and into Thursday. From the pattern we’ve been seeing in this unusual winter, the hits have all been quick and mostly widespread snow rather than numerous narrow bands of lake-effect snow. Tonight’s snow should hold off until the evening commute has wound down, as depicted in this high-resolution m…

Erie County

Snow is forecast to return with a few inches starting Wednesday night. Then it will be time to bundle up. The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for all of Western New York, with 3 to 5 inches of accumulating snow in Buffalo, the Northtowns, Niagara County and areas west and 3 to 6 inches of snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain south of Buffalo…

Columns

A new and useful Winter Storm Severity Index (WSSI) is in the works. Before I get to that, we have some wintry weather to talk about later this week, with the coldest air mass of the winter on the way. This sharp hit will be fairly brief, as has been the case all winter long — so far. But you will take notice of the thermal impact, if nothing else. On Thursday, a well-org…

Buffalo

In multiple ways, the timing last week for a conversation with Pete Chaston was, well, absolutely golden. Friday's snow day for Buffalo schoolchildren was a flashback to what impressed Chaston about this region almost 40 years ago, until the former Rochester meteorologist and big snow enthusiast left to forecast weather in Kansas City. His football loyalties gradually s…

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The moderate widespread snow is long since over, and even some limited lake snow, mostly over the hills, will gradually wind down by the end of today. The weekend is a cold one, to be sure, but does not qualify as bitter or extreme in this less than eventful winter. Snowfall amounts as of late Saturday morning ranged from light to moderate in most locations, having been h…

Columns

As predicted in my Wednesday forecast, the latest snow has been a moderate snowfall, with some pockets of marginally heavy snow (7 inches in 24 hours is the National Weather Service definition). Its impact has been significant due to timing, with the predicted slippery Thursday morning commute and the snow-covered roads for the Friday commutes. Impact forecasting takes int…

Columns

NBC’s “Today” made it to Buffalo again Friday morning to document the snow in Western New York. At least this time there was snow. You may remember the last time NBC’s popular morning show sent a reporter to Buffalo to illustrate the snow happening nationally in early November, Ron Mott didn’t have any snow to speak of in downtown Buffalo. This time, reporter Kath…

Local News

Snow and blowing snow today could make for some dicey driving. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today for northern Erie and Niagara, Wyoming, Genesee and Allegany counties, and until 6 a.m. Saturday for southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. "Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities…

Local News

The second part of the one-two winter storm punch is continuing Friday. Snow is expected to affect the Friday morning and evening commutes. The Buffalo Public School District is closed Friday, according to a statement Thursday from the district's Elena Cala. Staff also was asked not to report. Cala said in an emailed announcement that the closure is "due to weathe…

Weather

Count on a slippery morning commute Thursday. As advertised at the beginning of the week, a slow-moving frontal boundary to our south will separate modified arctic air over our region from very moist, mild air to our south. The front will provide a pathway for a couple of strengthening waves of low pressure advancing first toward the interior of the middle Atlantic states…

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On Sunday, there was new and growing agreement between global weather models that Western New York stood some chance of receiving moderate to heavy snow later this week. In the model blend was also some mixed precipitation, rain and some lake snow in the wake of a more potent storm system than we’ve seen in a while over this flimsy winter season. Twenty-four hours later…

Columns

There’s no getting around the obvious. While not near a record-breaking snowless or mild season, this winter has not been much of a challenge to navigate, up to this point. Let’s check our bearings. January snowfall at Buffalo is nearly a foot below average at 13 inches. For the cold weather season, we’ve had 41.7 inches, which is 19 inches below average. Last year’s sn…