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Heavy rain Friday overwhelmed sanitary sewers in parts of the town and village of Lewiston, causing backups of water into basements and up drain pipes into people's sinks. An official at the wastewater treatment plant in the town said the volume of rain resulted in surface water getting into the sewage system. Despite some discoloration of the water coming up through pe…

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You won’t have to look at the calendar this week to know that it’s April. The National Weather Service has rain in the outlook every day. Happily, the showers ought to hold off Monday until after dark. That will make this the most pleasant day of the week, thanks to a flow of warm air from the Gulf of Mexico. Afternoon highs should be in the 60s under cloudy skies. A…

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Above-average temperatures for four out of the last five presidential elections in Buffalo have made going to the polls more comfortable. Later this afternoon, you'll probably need an umbrella. An approaching cold front will usher in some rain showers starting around dinnertime. Chances for rain increase through the 9 p.m. poll closing time, forecasts show. The da…

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When the polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, forecasts show it'll be a chilly 41 degrees in Buffalo. Temperatures will turn quickly upward. The mercury is expected to peak at about 58 degrees during the afternoon hours under mostly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Nationwide, forecasters are calling for rain, possibly heavy, in the pl…

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The best recipe for breaking a drought's grip is adding rain to the soil. And, there was plenty of that this month in the Buffalo Niagara region. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, 4.37 inches of precipitation fell at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. That's more than an inch above normal for October, and the most rain in a …

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The best defense is offensive weather. And, Sunday's visit by the New England Patriots to New Era Field will be a cold and wet one. How much it will affect future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Tom Brady's high-flying passing attack remains to be seen. Rain is likely through at least the second half, according to the National Weather Service forecast. In some ways, …

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Thursday's rainfall set a record, according to the National Weather Service. A total of 1.54 inches of rain fell at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, breaking the old record of 1.46 inches set in 1982, the weather service said. Related: Drought causes local water usage to skyrocket Related: Blame it on the rain; drought worsens in some areas, lifts in others Relat…

More than an inch of rain fell overnight at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service reported 1.36 inches of rain fell at the airport since 3 a.m., with an inch falling between 4 and 5 a.m. It was enough rain to make a slight dent in the region's drought. #Buffalo picked up 1.36" #rain this …

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Wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are expected in southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany counties through 2 a.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for those areas that went into effect at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Today's high temperatures are expected to reach the lower 50s. Before the thermometer climbs, there's a chance for rain sho…

Hold on to your pussy willows. Dyngus Day's going to be a windy one. Wind gusts will reach up to 55 mph on Monday around Western New York. The National Weather Service forecasts steady winds of up to 35 mph throughout the day as the region sits under a wind advisory. The advisory is already in effect for southern Erie and Chautauqua counties, and will go into effect at 8…

There's still potential for some freezing rain on Thursday morning in parts of the northtowns and Niagara County. Temperatures are at 32 degrees or slightly below the freezing mark in some spots, though the temperature at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga was 33 degrees shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The areas of ra…

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Some areas of Western New York will see some freezing rain during Wednesday morning's commute. A steady rain is moving north from the Southern Tier and there will be some freezing rain on the front edge of it, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Hamilton. The parking lot at the weather service in Cheektowaga is coated in ice, Hamilton said, and about 60 perce…

The first few minutes of February felt pretty warm in Western New York. We set a record high temperature just after midnight when the thermometer hit 58 degrees. The record for Feb. 1 had been 56 degrees and was set in 1989. The temperature dropped as a cold front started coming through the area about 12:30 a.m. "If you're outside now, it feels nowhere close to 58," sai…

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Once Western New York gets past Tuesday morning's single-digit temperatures, things will get warmer for the rest of the week before more long-term cold weather sets in. Tuesday's highs will reach the mid 20s, according to the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga, an improvement over Monday's high temperatures which reached only the mid teens. "We should see quite a go…