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One of our favorite things about Western New York: Its four seasons. Which is why we're starting a year-round, reader-driven photo project documenting WNY's weather. Send us your photos and we may feature them here. We're looking for your photographs of Western New York's snow, wind, rain, sleet, fog, fall foliage, spring buds, breathtaking sunsets – you get the idea. Subm…

Weather

It was unusual for the Southern Tier to be largely left out of a major lake-effect snowstorm. Cities and towns there made up for it on the thermometer. The coldest spots – double-digit minus air temperatures – were found primarily across Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Ellicottville, Olean and Cattaraugus recorded temperatures of minus 14 degrees, a…

Crime

A state trooper remained hospitalized Thursday after she was injured in a 19-vehicle pileup on the Thruway east of Batavia on Wednesday afternoon that involved two tractor-trailers that were not supposed to be on the highway. Both drivers were ticketed for ignoring the travel ban on tractor-trailers and commercial buses in place since Tuesday night because of the winter…

Crime

A day after two major pile-ups on local highways involving tractor-trailers, including one that left a trooper injured, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo admonished truckers for ignoring his ban for tractor-trailers and commercial buses on major state highways like the Thruway. “This is a disgrace, for these tractor-trailer drivers to be violating the ban and putting people’s lives …

Weather

A trained National Weather Service spotter logged 20.3 inches during this week's blizzard and associated snowstorm, topping Western New York's list as of 10:30 a.m. today, the National Weather Service reported. Meanwhile, Buffalo's official measuring station at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport registered an even 20 inches. That total was enough to pad the c…

Local News

It seems everyone in Williamsville thought they knew Larry, the quiet man without a home who was a welcome regular at Tim Hortons, Tops Markets and the Walker Center. But no one truly did: His last name, his age and his backstory remained a mystery. Larry kept people at a distance, even those who tried to help him. They offered free coffee, meals, donations of cash a…

Local News

Another sign of the severity of the winter storm that has gripped the Buffalo metro area since Tuesday: Post offices are closed today. All Buffalo stations and branches of the U.S. Postal Service and all branches – all of the ones in ZIP codes that start with 142 – are closed, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the postal service. Also, with major thoroughfar…

Weather

The blizzard is over, the snow has mostly moved on, but Southtowns residents are still hunkering down. As driving bans were still in effect this morning in several municipalities south of the city, most streets were eerily empty. Even in the Town of Boston, where the driving ban was lifted in the 7 a.m. hour, very few vehicles had ventured onto roadways this morning. …

Health and Fitness

This is one of those days when you really need to listen to your mom: Wear a hat, for crying out loud. And a scarf, gloves and layers. Lots and lots of layers, if you absolutely have to go outside because it's going to be bitterly, dangerously cold. A wind chill warning is in effect through 6 p.m. with wind chills as low as minus 25 possible. That's on top of the …

Weather

Need to warm up a bit? Try Antarctica. Or Greenland. Even Alaska. Parts of each of those places all expect warmer temperatures today than the 5 degrees that's forecast in Buffalo. Thank the polar vortex's week-long southern vacation for that. [Complete coverage of the January 2019 blizzard] The displacement of the Arctic air is sending chills down the spines…

Local News

The two-day blizzard that ripped through the region left three people dead as its heavy snowfall, high winds and sustained subzero wind chills shut down everything from post offices to schools. Government and businesses anticipated a gradual return to normal Friday, though many school districts, including Buffalo Public Schools, remain closed because of a wind chill adv…

Weather

Since 1894, the daily snowfall record of 6 inches stood for Jan. 29 in Buffalo. And, Wednesday's former mark of 11.6 inches was established during President Lyndon Johnson's administration – in 1966. Both were broken in consecutive days. The 13.6 inches of snow that fell at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday followed the 6.4 inches recorded at the air…

Weather

Don Carpenter started plowing at 11 a.m. Tuesday when the snow bands were just beginning their fickle crawl through Western New York. With more than an inch of snow falling per hour, Carpenter wanted to make sure he and his team of seven plow drivers stayed ahead of the storm. “They wrapped up by 10 or 11 so they could get some sleep," Carpenter said. "I told them I’d s…

Weather

Winter's assault on the Buffalo Niagara region with feet of snow, frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills may feel interminable, but it won't last too long. Temperatures are forecast to moderate as early as Saturday as a mid-level ridge of high pressure builds over the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said. That ridge is expected to help push temperatu…

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The winter storm Western New York was promised beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, featured two separate bands of lake-effect snow, blustery winds and bone-chilling temps slamming parts of the metro area and the suburbs, creating whiteout conditions and forcing numerous travel bans across the region.