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A double-shot of snow appears headed Western New York's way for the rest of this week. The National Weather Service announced a hazardous weather outlook early Wednesday morning that forecasts 1 to 3 inches on Thursday along with additional snow on the weekend. The hazardous weather outlook is in place for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Allegany counties. …

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Let’s face it: We’ve had it easy around here as far as winter goes. After an initially snowy start in November, snowfall has been running below average and temperatures have been running above average. Through Jan. 12, our monthly mean temperature is riding high, at 11.7 degrees warmer than average, with a little help from the record 67 degree high Saturday. December…

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Western New York drivers should be aware of the possibility of freezing drizzle during their Monday morning commute. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory Monday morning due to possible freezing drizzle or very light freezing rain. The advisory is in place until 1 p.m. for Niagara and Orleans counties; other counties had their advisory expire at …

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Western New Yorkers cleaned up Sunday after high winds overnight brought down tree limbs and disrupted power to thousands of households throughout the area. An outage delayed morning flights at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. After peak winds struck, NYSEG reported that more than 12,000 customers were without power at 6:30 a.m. in the company’s Lancaster division…

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An unseasonably high amount of Gulf water vapor will be streaming across the Midwest, the Great Lakes, and into Ontario this weekend. These plumes of moisture can be seen on the water vapor imagery from the GOES East satellite. As a result, a flood watch (not yet a warning) will be in effect for all Western New York, excepting Allegany County, from Saturday afternoon in…

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Imagine if the Buffalo Bills won the Super Bowl, or the Buffalo Sabres won the Stanley Cup, but we never got to take our victory laps with the trophies because the losers kept them. Even worse, imagine if that happened and the mayor said he not only didn't care but that he had no interest in getting the trophy. That, according to some local weather buffs, is what it'…

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This week has seen snow, wind, bitter cold and some bright blasts of sunshine. This weekend, things are going to get wet. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon for Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding. Rain…

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Unlike last January, this month is shedding wintry weather like a burlesque queen, and winter haters are the equivalent of a leering audience. Wednesday, sure enough, has shown up as a wintry day with squally snow focusing more on the hills, including the ski slopes with several inches of new snow. It’s also been the first day in a while with readings falling through the 2…

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Snow squalls accompanied by high winds are expected across Western New York Wednesday. The National Weather Service issued an advisory early Wednesday morning that snow squalls are possible between 8 and 11 a.m. across Erie, Niagara, Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. The NWS stated that motorists should expect "rapidly changing conditions, inclu…

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Snow is set to return on Wednesday, and it is shaping up to be a messy weekend. The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the week that includes spates of winter weather midweek as well as over the weekend, which may be either very wet or very icy and snowy, depending on the temperatures. A winter weather advisory for lake-effect snow was an…

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The ongoing disaster in Australia has not yet approached the record mortality rate of some fire seasons past. By any other measure, however, this season has been the worst in recorded history. It is only early January, and there is much of the Australian summer yet to come, with no lasting relief on the horizon. The acreage alone involved in these hundreds of fires is s…

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At this point in the season, about a quarter of Lake Erie is usually covered with ice. Last year at this time, though, there was absolutely none – and we ended up with the snowiest January that Buffalo had seen in nearly two decades. In just that one month, 63 inches fell. In fact, three of the snowiest Januarys since the early 1970s have occurred when there was no i…

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After the early start to wintry conditions in November, those signs of a long, harsh winter faded in December and stay faded at this time. After a day in the 40s on Friday, though, a little more winter is in the picture starting this weekend. Limited snow is on the way. It won’t work wonders on the slopes, and it will offer no assistance to snowmobilers, but it will provid…

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Upstate New York doesn't have a monopoly on snow, as it turns out. Sometimes, New York City gets some itself, and that can sow confusion and alarm among downstaters. This was the case last month, shortly before the holidays, when cellphones throughout the New York City area buzzed and beeped with a warning of a particular type of winter storm. The National Weather…