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The gigantic wind storm that raked Western New York and southern Ontario on Wednesday brought a hurricane-force gust to Batavia and the first gust over 60 mph to Buffalo in more than a year. In Rochester, a 66 mph wind gust was clocked, according to the National Weather Service. Gusts above 49 mph were recorded at Rochester for 10 straight hours Wednesday, setting the s…

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A flash flood watch is in effect until 11 a.m. for northern Erie and Niagara counties due to potential ice jams in the Niagara River, according to the National Weather Service. With ice from Lake Erie pushed down the river due to Wednesday's winds, there's a chance for flooding along the upper river, the weather service said. The winds today won't be as strong as wha…

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More than 11,000 power customers in Erie and Niagara counties remained without electricity early Thursday afternoon, a day after strong winds toppled trees and power lines across the region. Power was getting restored in some spots so far on Thursday. Around 6 a.m., there were nearly 16,000 customers without power in the two counties. More than 10,000 New York State …

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Some spots in Western New York have gotten more than an inch of rain in the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. Here are the communities that got the most: North Collins – 1.52" Orchard Park – 1.52" Eden – 1.43" Brocton – 1.32" Alden – 1.24" Gowanda – 1.16" Mayville – 1.12" East Aurora – 1.12" Warsaw – 1.1" Wales – 1…

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Wednesday's whipping winds have been causing problems over land and water in Western New York. Gusts pushed over trees and brought down power lines across the region. The wind also pushed ice from Lake Erie over the ice boom and into the Niagara River, causing a flash flood watch for areas along the upper river. Thousands lost power across the area. As of 11 p.m., mo…

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A sharp cold front associated with a strong storm system will lower the boom on the Buffalo Niagara region today. Winds gusting up to 65 mph are possible and strong winds have been knocking down trees and power lines. The weather service had a high wind warning in effect for all of Western New York until 8 p.m. It runs until 11 p.m. in Niagara and Orleans counties. …

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Flipping the calendar to April in search of spring has been fool's gold so far. By Wednesday, it'll be windy and white, the National Weather Service forecasts. An approaching storm system will first bring a wet warmup to the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday, then a cold front is forecast to sweep through early Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect dangerously high w…

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Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible starting Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga, which has issued a high wind warning. The warning covers Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Chatauqua counties from overnight Tuesday through Wednesday evening. Winds will come out of the west at 30 to 40 mph, with the potentially damagi…

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“The Wizard of Oz” was released in 1939. The classic movie brought to the screen the most memorable tornado special effect ever created, possibly up to and including “Twister.” 1939 was a bad year for tornadoes. From April 14 to 17 that year, 57 fatalities and 170 injuries occurred from a multi-day outbreak in the southern states, especially Alabama. Tornadoes often str…

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The Major League Baseball season is underway. Roads in Buffalo are dry and clear. Everywhere you look, there are signs of spring. That is good news – unless you want to see a new seasonal snowfall record for Erie, Pa. Buffalo's 199.4 inch snowfall of 1976-77 long went without serious challenge as most for any city beyond 100,000 population. For a little perspective, …

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Wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible across most of Western New York starting Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga. The weather service has issued a high wind watch for late Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, with potentially damaging winds that could damage trees and bring down power lines. The watch is in effect fo…

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Temperatures are rising well into the 40s and will start to feel a little more like spring today. But that also means we should expect some rain, too. Here's what to expect Thursday and Friday. Today The day will start out with areas of dense fog, particularly in the higher terrain of Southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming counties, between about 8 and 9 …

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The ice boom will likely remain intact near the mouth of the Niagara River at least for a few more days, the International Joint Commission said. There's still too much ice on Lake Erie to begin removal of the apparatus, put in to limit the amount of ice the flows down the river, the commission said. Its removal is considered an annual sign of spring in Western New Y…

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Spring may come. By May. Forecasters at the federal Climate Prediction Center aren't bullish on any drastic April warmup for the Great Lakes or the Northeast, according to projections in its 6-to-10 day, 8-to-14 day or even its 3-4 week outlooks. For the nearest outlook, between April 1 and 5, forecasters project a persistent "anomalous trough" of colder air t…

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The second-longest dry spell in Buffalo since November 2016 came to a quick halt today at 10 straight days. The National Weather Service recorded 0.07 inches of rain, as of 2 p.m. The last measurable precipitation came on March 16 with 0.6 inches of snow, according to weather service data. An approaching frontal system is expected to take the place of high pressur…