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The “polar vortex” some feared could come to Buffalo this week – a rumor the National Weather Service shot down – has manifested in simply wet weather.There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation to continue today until 1 p.m., at which point the odds of showers will drop to 10 percent, so those heading to the Megadeth concert at Artpark should be dry. But the safest bet …

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For Sunday’s crowded slate of summertime events, a few hours were the difference between beauty and the beast.The people who set out for the Taste of Buffalo or Canal Fest at about 3:30 p.m., for example, enjoyed bright sunshine and a gentle breeze – the perfect weather for scarfing down chicken wings and hand-cut french fries.The brave few who ventured out several hours e…

If you’re headed out to the Taste of Buffalo today, bring a poncho – and that’s not just for covering up your expanding belly.It’s been pouring downtown today – the second day of the beloved food festival.But the festival will go on.“The restaurants are still serving,” said Laura Jacobs, spokeswoman for Taste of Buffalo.She said there hasn’t been any lightning in the area,…

Showers and thunderstorms could put a damper on today’s busy slate of festivals throughout the region, but the City of Buffalo may be spared.Rain is expected to develop in most of Western New York this morning, and the chance of storms will continue into the afternoon in the Southern Tier, Niagara and Orleans counties and areas east of Buffalo, according to Jon Hitchcock o…

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A polar vortex in the middle of the summer? Some commentators are pulling out the V-word to describe the cold snap that is forecast for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. next week, but many meteorologists say it isn’t so.One of them is Shawn Smith, of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga, who said Thursday that although a big trough of cold air is expected t…

A heavy downpour swept across the Buffalo metro area at the beginning of the afternoon commute Tuesday, slowing expressway traffic, blacking out more than 3,400 power company customers and prompting the cancellation of evening activities at Canalside. Minor flooding temporarily closed parts of Camp Road in the Town of Hamburg and Route 240 in Colden. An advisory for small …

Severe thunderstorms expected to roll through the Buffalo area into the early evening prompted Canalside to cancel events and activities that were scheduled for the evening.Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service .“It’s going to be around for the remainder of the afternoon into the early evening. I…

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect in the City of Buffalo and its northeast suburbs – such as Amherst and Clarence – through 11:30 p.m.The National Weather Service said the current onslaught of rain and thunder should wind down sometime between midnight and 2 a.m. Williamsville, Akron and Lancaster are among the other suburbs that are under the severe thunderstorm …

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southern Cattaraugus County and Southeast Chautauqua County as well as a severe thunderstorm watch in Buffalo.The warning, which means a storm is imminent, predicts the extreme weather will begin in the next 45 minutes. Though there is no severe weather in Buffalo at the moment, the watch indicates t…

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After an ideal July 4th weekend, who can complain about some showers and thunderstorms today? Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain, the National Weather Service says. The high today will be near 76, and chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Rainfall will amount to between a quarter and half of an inch.More showers and thunderstorms are likely ton…

Don’t worry.The rain that’s falling across the region right now will be tapering off in the next couple of hours – in plenty of time for fireworks shows tonight.“The rain should come to an end later this afternoon,” said Dave Zaff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.“We might see a brief break in the cloud cover,” Zaff said. There will be l…

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So your car is packed, the kids and dog are ready, and you’ve just finished wrapping your last sandwich for the big trip.The Fourth of July is Friday, and you’ve decided to take the family on a road trip this weekend.You’re not alone – nationally or locally.About 41 million people in the country plan to travel this weekend – 85 percent will do so by car, according to a AAA…

Nature’s air-conditioner – a stiff breeze off Lake Erie – took the edge off the sweltering heat Tuesday for most of Western New York and blew away the threat of afternoon thunderstorms. Temperature in Buffalo peaked at 86 about 11 a.m., with a heat index of 90. High in Rochester was 89. Strong southwest winds gusted to 40 mph, sending the thunderstorms to the Finger Lakes …

Meteorologists are keeping their eyes on a “mini-front” headed toward Buffalo that has the potential to bring scattered severe thunderstorms to the region this afternoon or evening.“Any storm that develops has the potential of damaging winds and potentially large hail,” warned Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service’s Buffalo office.But where such storms would hit i…