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Snowdrifts and the roar of plows are likely to be replaced by puddles and the hum of sump pumps across Western New York as winter officially arrives over the weekend.A warm-up is due, the National Weather Service says, and the meltdown of all the snow that’s accumulated during the past week could be accelerated by rain. Rainfall may total as much as 2 inches before the wee…

DUNKIRK – Several accidents this afternoon in the city of Dunkirk prompted Police Chief David Ortolano to urge people to stay off of city streets as much as possible.“I think Dunkirk and Silver Creek have been in a pocket of snow for quite some time,” Ortolano said. He said the city has received several inches of snow today and that driving conditions are difficult. The w…

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Lake Erie dipped to 34 degrees Tuesday off Buffalo’s harbor, four degrees below average. The water hasn’t been colder on a Dec. 17 in 18 years.So what does it mean for those shoveling sidewalks and drivers white-knuckling their way through one lake-effect snow squall after another?With ice already forming along the lake shoreline, it signals relief may be on the way for th…

After waking up this morning to a layer of fresh, sparkling snow, residents of Buffalo and points south can expect another dose of lake-effect snow this evening.An inch of snow, from a general snowfall, was recorded this morning at the National Weather Service office at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to meteorologist Dan Kelly.Morning rush-hour traffic in…

Keep your shovel handy. The National Weather Service says a clipper system will cross the region today, giving almost everyone another inch or two of snow. After that, most places will get a break until next weekend, except for the traditional lake-effect areas in southern Erie County and northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, which could get another 3 to 5 inches l…

The squalls that dumped half a foot of snow on areas south and east of Buffalo earlier this evening are quickly moving further south, the National Weather Service said. Forecasters say that for the snow should be heaviest in the Boston Hills and southern Wyoming County for a short while, then move into northern Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties north of Jamestown and Fra…

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Forget the hype and spin, Justine Nadherny has the undeniable truth on her side.And in this case, the truth is 45 inches deep and powder perfect, ideal for skiing the slopes at Kissing Bridge.“We have a guy who’s worked here 35 years and he says this is the most snow we’ve ever had this time of year," said Nadherny, social media director for the Glenwood ski resort.It also…

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It’ll be a bit easier making it home for dinner tonight.That’s because the nearly four-day lake-effect machine is winding down. Roads in the Buffalo metro area this afternoon, where it was only snowing lightly this hour, should be wet but generally cleared of any snow that quickly fell in lake-effect bursts during rush-hour Thursday.Roadways in parts of Southern Erie Count…

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By the end of Thursday, only a small portion of the snow dumped on the region from an ongoing multiday lake-effect snowstorm affected downtown Buffalo and its northern suburbs. It just happened to come at a really lousy time. Again.Heavy snow, fueled by Lake Erie, worked its way north and began pummeling metro Buffalo by about 4 p.m., just as commuters prepared to head hom…

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The output from the lake-effect storm that enveloped Western New York could be swept from the pavement in Buffalo, West Seneca and Amherst.In parts of the Southtowns, however, you needed a backhoe to clear the 2 feet of snow that fell with a fury in North Collins, Dunkirk and Boston.One meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo compared this snow-churning bl…

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Storm totals of 30 inches for southern Erie County and ski country are now forecast by the National Weather Service in Buffalo. The weather service has twice upped its estimated totals from the lake-effect storm that began Tuesday.The Thruway was temporarily shut down between Exit 57 (Angola and Eden) and Exit 59 (Dunkirk) in both directions because of poor driving conditi…

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It’s not Christmas yet – but it sure looks a lot more like it today in some areas.Parts of the city and suburbs were coated with snow Tuesday, in a burst of winter weather that made some commutes tricky and evening engagements – from the Buffalo Sabres game to after-school activities – a little more challenging.Lake-effect snows hit the region in time for the afternoon com…

It took 10 full days of December to get back to the wintry weather of Thanksgiving week, but it’ll be charging back with a vengeance later today, forecasters say.As much as 14 inches of snow is forecast by Wednesday evening for some parts of the region, according to a lake-effect snow warning posted Monday afternoon by the National Weather Service.“It’s mainly because we’l…

A thin layer of snow last night gave way to a more troubling development overnight – a round of freezing drizzle that struck virtually all of Western New York early today.“Almost everybody got at least an hour or two of freezing drizzle in the early morning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said.Freezing “drizzle” consists of smaller droplets than free…

This morning’s commute brings the risk of slipping and sliding.“Untreated roads, especially the overpasses – they could be slippery in spots,” said David Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. “If they are treated well, they could just be wet.”The regional weather outlook today is cold and sloppy – a blah beginning to a wintry week of sno…