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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. By Sunday and Monday, Nov. 23 and 24, 2014, it was all over but the shouting. Many schools remained closed as officials made sure their buildings were safe, but life otherwise began to return to normal. The snow that enveloped much of the region, t…

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As reader Chris Christie wrote, "A good snow storm is like a good song. You remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you think about it. It’s fun to think back."  We remember where we were during the November storm of 2014. At this point five years ago, we were in the crux of documenting the storm — collecting photos, stories, snow tallies and even m…

History

This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan still had her sense of humor on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, and that was no easy task. Her community already had 78 inches of snow over three days. Now the residents of her flood-prone town were wondering what wo…

History

This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. At 1 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, the lake-effect snow warning from the National Weather Service was lifted and the snowfall finally, mercifully, ended. Friday was the day to begin assessing what had happened, including determining which community woul…

History

This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. Residents searching for any sign of good news on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, didn’t get much. But there was plenty of bad news: It was still next to impossible to get around as roads remained impassable and driving bans remained in effect; in some places…

History

This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. The snowbound residents and motorists of Western New York were in need of help on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, after a storm dumped 5 feet of snow over a swath of the region. They needed food. They needed their streets plowed. They needed to clear their roo…

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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. There was only one reasonable reaction to the sight of the sky in downtown Buffalo the afternoon of Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014: Wow. If you looked to the south, you saw a mountainous gray-white cloud moving across Lake Erie. If you looked to the north, yo…

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This week, The Buffalo News recounts one of the most memorable storms to strike Western New York. Follow along daily. When dawn broke on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, many Western New Yorkers knew there was a good chance they were about to be dealing with an early-season snowstorm. Media reports dutifully noted the usual preparations, photographed the emptying store shelves an…

Columns

Five years ago, what came to be known by some as the "Wall of Snow" came to be. It occurred in two rounds and was not just disruptive, but also devastating. Thirteen people died, hundreds of roofs collapsed and thousands of people became stranded on the Thruway and other roads. (Something like this happened in 1945 in a lake-effect storm, when more than 70 inches fell in …

Erie County

Tami Diestler wasn’t asleep for more than an hour Thursday morning when a thunderous boom woke her and her husband, sending them racing to the basement as their Alden home cracked and sagged and fell around them.Michael Diestler dashed upstairs twice, to get a phone and to get Tami’s medication, and after calling 911, they gingerly made their way outside, where they shiver…

Buffalo

South Buffalo resident Bill Johnson refused to give up his tailgating plans today despite the fact that the Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets was moved to a different day and, more importantly, a different city.The Bills’ home game scheduled for today was moved to Monday night at Detroit’s Ford Field after Ralph Wilson Stadium was snowed under. But that didn’t d…

Workers removed snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Nov. 23. The Bills game originally scheduled to take place at home against the New York Jets had to be moved to Detroit on because of the unplayable conditions.