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The big chill is back just as schools resume today after Monday’s federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.The temperature will barely budge as highs between 5 and 10 degrees are expected this morning, said Jim Mitchell, a National Weather Service meteorologist at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.“The cold air is going to stick around,” he said.Temperatures stea…

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Anyone who thought those single-digit temperatures two weeks ago were a one-time thing should think again. They’re coming back.All that wind Sunday was the prelude to a major arctic chill scheduled to move into Western New York tonight.“It’s going to be cold for everyone,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga.The winds shoul…

Anyone who thought the single-digit temperatures of two weeks ago were a one-time thing should think again.A windy day today will make way for very cold temperatures that will move into Western New York by Monday night, when temperatures again will drop to near zero, according to forecasters.“It’s going to be cold for everyone,” said meteorologist David Thomas of the Natio…

Hold on to your hats.The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday, with gale warnings on lakes Erie and Ontario. The advisory is for the Niagara Frontier and far western Southern Tier, primarily near Lake Erie.Westerly winds will be 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph – capable of felling tree limbs in Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua coun…

Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is warning residents living near the Lake Erie shoreline to stay off the ice.Capt. Kevin Caffery of the sheriff’s office Air One helicopter has seen many children playing on the ice near the Hamburg and Evans shoreline.With the high temperatures of the past several days and ever-changing ice structures, venturing out on the ice has bec…

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Residents in the Lexington Green area of West Seneca were slogging on Sunday through the damage that was dealt to them Saturday night, when Buffalo Creek flooded, leaving as much as a few feet of water in some roadways and some basements.Local fire departments helped residents pump water out of their basements Sunday, while town highway crews worked to clear ice and other …

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When Route 219 was shut down last week by brutal blizzard conditions, State Park police patrolled 35 miles of the major north-south roadway using the only practical means – snowmobile.“I guess the best word you could use for it is ‘extreme,’ ” said Sgt. Tom Krawczyk. “The cold and the wind would actually take your breath away.”Police deployed four Ski-Doo 500 and Yamaha 90…

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Residents in the Lexington Green area of West Seneca are slogging through the damage that was dealt to them Saturday night, when the Buffalo Creek flooded, leaving as much as a few feet of water in some roadways and some basements.Local fire departments helped residents pump water out of their basements today, while town highway crews worked to clear ice and other debris f…

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The blizzard may be over, but keep a wary eye on the next weather event hitting the region today: the thaw.A flood watch remains in effect through Sunday for much of Western New York, as the rain and 50-degree high temperature forecast for today will melt away that blizzard snow and raise the water levels of area creeks.It has some folks a little jumpy, considering the wid…

The blizzard may be over, but keep a wary eye on the next weather event hitting the region today: the thaw.A flood watch remains in effect through Sunday for much of Western New York, as the rain and 50-degree high temperature forecast for today will melt away that blizzard snow and raise the water levels of area creeks.It has some folks a little jumpy, considering the wid…

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Ellicott Creek will rise.But Village of Williamsville officials anticipating an upcoming thaw took pre-emptive action Friday morning by having an excavator break up the creek’s ice cover and push accumulated debris downstream – a sight unseen since the surprise October storm of 2006.“If we don’t keep the water flowing, it basically overflows the banks and we end up with fl…

The January thaw is here.But because the ground is still frozen, and we had up to two feet of snow this week, the melting snow and rain that is coming may cause some flooding.The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for seven Western New York counties: Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston. The flood watch runs from early Sat…

Work on repairing a leaky pipe that had flooded Route 5 in Lackawanna was completed at about 8 a.m. Thursday, but the lane restrictions caused a two-mile-long backup during the morning rush hour.And now two government agencies are saying the other had the authority to reopen the road.Erie County Water Authority crews worked Wednesday and overnight into Thursday to a repair…

Steve Brown, who went on to work at Fox News as a political reporter based in Chicago after working at two Buffalo TV stations, is returning to the market as a Channel 2 investigative reporter.Brown, who worked at Channel 2 as a weekend anchor and reporter from 1990-94 and also was an investigative reporter at Channel 7 after that, begins his new job Monday.During his days…

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First there was the snow, the cold and the wind. Then the prospect of flooding.Now, there’s another concern – and this time it’s coming from outer space: solar flares.The burst of charged particles and magnetic field from a sunspot facing the Earth that arrived Thursday has the potential through today to wreak havoc with power grids, high-frequency airline and military com…