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There's a chance you'll be able to see the Northern Lights tonight in Western New York. "The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center has indicated that a Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun is expected to strike Earth and touch off aurora borealis (and australis) displays that may reach as far south as Pennsylvania in the Northeastern United States," the Whitworth Ferguson …

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Slow down out there! With temperatures in the low 20s this morning, area roadways are covered in black ice. Multiple crashes have been reported in Buffalo and throughout the region, including two separates crashes involving Buffalo police vehicles. Just before 8 a.m., a Buffalo police officer was hurt when a patrol vehicle was struck by two other vehicles on Elmwo…

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There is nothing unusual about snow in late March, as most of us know. March 22 brought winter storm warnings to much of interior eastern New York and northern New England for heavy snow and strong winds, as well as some nuisance snow to higher terrain in WNY. It may be depressing, but there is nothing freakish about it. Here is the range for average last measurable snow …

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The first snowfall of the spring season is forecast across Western New York later tonight. But, revised National Weather Service forecasts suggest the heaviest snows are expected south and east of metro Buffalo. The complex storm system was expected to bring a round of rain showers to the region during the day on Friday, changing over to snow by the afternoon as temp…

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Spring has sprung in the Buffalo Niagara region. On the calendar. Skies will turn wintry again Friday with up to 3 inches of snow expected in metro Buffalo, National Weather Service forecasts show. That would be the greatest single snowfall in Buffalo this late in the season in about five years. There was 3.7 inches on March 29, 2014. A large East Coast storm …

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It's officially spring, but wintry weather is hanging around. A storm system is expected to bring chances for rain showers Thursday with highs in the mid-40s, the National Weather Service said. Colder air arriving in the Buffalo Niagara region is expected to result in rain mixed with snow showers overnight into early Friday, however. Snow showers are likely Friday…

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It took quite a while before national media began to catch on to the gravity of the aftermath of the enormous and powerful storm which ravaged much of the nation’s midsection last week. Initially, the blizzard northwest of the center of low pressure on the high plains got quite a bit of news coverage because it hit the Denver metro area hard. The storm was very accurately …

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The first day of spring in the Buffalo Niagara region should feel like it. The National Weather Service forecasts sunshine with a high in the mid-40s Wednesday with southerly winds. Spring officially arrives at 5:58 p.m. An approaching storm system will help to bring showers to the region late Wednesday into the overnight hours, forecasters said. Up to one-quar…

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Spring arrives at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday in the Buffalo Niagara region — no thanks to a fishy February forecast by Punxsutawney Phil, who raised hopes of an early spring that were dashed, just like the Sabres' playoff hopes. Buffalo’s winter of 2018-19 will be remembered for its wild temperature swings, wicked winds and wintry Wednesdays. The season started warm, with a…

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Winter's final full day won't seem too wintry, but the start of spring might be. After a quick burst of snow this morning, National Weather Service forecasts call for sunny skies on Tuesday with highs near 40 degrees. By the time spring makes its official arrival at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, however, the weather could start to retreat a bit thanks to an approaching storm …

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According to most models, we are in a weak El Niño right now that will persist for months to come. But the last El Niño was a biggie – the biggest in at least 50 years, occurring from late 2015 into 2016. Tropical disease specialists, entomologists, epidemiologists and public health scientists have long known a mean warming climate will impact the epidemiology of tropical…

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Issues with visibility, as opposed to accumulation, characterized Monday's intermittent bursts of "moderate to heavy snow" that moved across metro Buffalo, according to the National Weather Service. The snow band was located along a line from Kenmore to Batavia to Rochester, the weather service said. "It was primarily confined, for the most part, to the east-west por…

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St. Patrick's Day may often be cold and is sometimes snowy, but there's no comparison to March 17, 1936. Eighty-three years ago, Buffalo had its snowiest St. Patrick's Day ever – and that day still holds the record for the snowiest March day. Nineteen inches of snow fell in Buffalo on March 17, with another 10 inches the following day. The snow was so deep and heavy …

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The annual statewide spring burn ban goes into effect Saturday, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported. The ban on residential brush burning runs through May 14. It is designed to protect against wildfires. "The ban has been extremely effective in reducing the number of wildfires," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. State officials found that…