Local
9:11 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Storm updates: Nat'l Weather Service and towns hit hard by storm

Areas hard hit by the storm are now keeping a watchful eye out for flooding.  WBFO was in touch this morning with the National Weather Service and other localities for updates on their current situations.

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Focus on Education
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Buffalo students explore creative writing at Just Buffalo

Some Buffalo Public school students take writing class at Just Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are enhancing their writing skills.  They're attending the Just Buffalo Literary Writing Center.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited a recent after-school session to find out how some students are hungry to learn more about the written word.

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at the Thruway Authority Regional Headquarters in Cheektowaga.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Governor Cuomo says state government has learned from Super Storm Sandy and a string of terrible flood incidents in Central and Eastern New York in recent years. That's why so much specialized equipment is in Western New York, with more coming. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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Red Cross is ready for flood evacuations
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Red Cross is ready for flood evacuations

The Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross has been hard at work this week after many residents were left stranded and in need of assistance. WBFO’s Avery Schneider tells us more about what the agency has been up to…

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Food Bank storm response; Still ready for holiday
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Bank responds to short notice need; Still ready for Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving stockpile at the Food Bank of WNY.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

It goes without saying this has been a busy week for public agencies in Buffalo and the South Towns. For the Food Bank of Western New York, that was certainly the case. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with the Food Bank about their response to what folks are now calling, “Snowvember”…

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WNY area closings
12:01 am
Mon November 24, 2014

School Closings for Monday, November 24, 2014

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Area closings of schools for Monday, November 24, 2014.

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Amherst cop injured in response to theft
9:35 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Amherst cop injured in response to Walmart theft

Ronald Kerling, 33, of the City of Buffalo
Credit Amherst Police / WBFO News

Two Amherst Police officers were hospitalized after attempting to stop a shoplifter outside the Walmart on Sheridan Drive.

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Breaking
3:40 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

WNY area closings

Area closings of schools, municipalities, services, and organizations beginning Sunday and heading into the week.

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Driving Ban Lifted in South Buffalo
12:30 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Driving ban lifted in South Buffalo

BREAKING NEWS: The driving ban has been lifted for South Buffalo.  A limited state of emergency remains in effect.

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Injuries not life threatening; shots were fired
10:31 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Amherst cops injured during attempted arrest

Amherst Police Headquarters
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A pair Amherst Police of officers were hospitalized last night while attempting to arrest a shoplifter.

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Hamburg and West Seneca announce early
10:27 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Schools begin to cancel classes for this week

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

School officials with the school districts in Hamburg and West Seneca have announced that schools in those communities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

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One local business caught in illegal practice
10:16 am
Sun November 23, 2014

AG addresses price gouging post storm

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun to take legal action against incidents of illegal pricing following the snow emergency in Western New York.

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Massive Lake Effect Snowstorm
11:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Poloncarz unveils vehicle retrieval plan; another storm fatality

A vehicle buried under snow off Seneca Street in West Seneca.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

People who abandoned their cars during the height of this week's massive lake effect snow storm can begin retrieving them Saturday morning.  Starting at 9:00, the county website will have a listing of all the towed cars and where owners can find them.

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Local
7:09 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Governor's snow-storm tour

Potters Road in south Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Residents in some of the hardest hit snow storm areas received a visit from the Governor and National Guard Friday.

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Precautions as post-snow flooding approaches
7:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Important precautions as post-snow flooding approaches

Credit www.goodhousekeeping.com / WBFO News

Rising temperatures and rain, this weekend, threaten many Western New York areas with serious flooding in the wake of this week’s record snowfall. Some of our Canadian neighbors to the North have been through similar situations, and one of them spoke with WBFO’s Avery Schneider about how best to prepare….

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National Fuel safety tips as flooding approaches
6:53 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Home heating safety important as flooding approaches

Throughout Winter Storm Knife, Western New York residents have been urged to monitor their home utilities. With the snowfall finally over, rising temperatures and rain are expected to give way to flooding, and other necessary precautions. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke with National Fuel to find out what residents need to do…

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Local
4:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

My car was damaged during the snow storm: Now what?

Cars covered in snow
Credit WBFO News file photo

The snow has stopped in some parts of western New York and many cars are being dug out of piles of snow. Now, many residents are wondering who’s on the hook for the damage cars were subjected to by plows, high lifts, and tow trucks.

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Local
12:37 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Limited reopening of Thruway, local highways to begin this afternoon

Riding along the NYS Thruway Friday mid-morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the 132-mile section of the Thruway closed since Tuesday because of a massive lake-effect snow storm in western New York will reopen Friday afternoon with restrictions.  

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Local
12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Death toll rises from storm

Snovember storm
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO

More deaths are being reported today as the remnants of "Winter Storm Knife" continue to plague areas of the Southtowns.

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Local
9:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Business as usual expected post-storm

Checkers restaurant in Cheektowaga
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO

As snow clean up continues many are still stuck inside their homes during a week where holiday shopping would usually begin, but as soon as streets are plowed and driveways cleared many who’ve been cooped up indoors this week are expected to make their way straight to restaurants, retail, and grocery stores.

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Local
9:12 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Trekking through & stranded truckers

Snow cutter along the edge of the I-90 in Cheektowaga.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite the many warnings not to travel some residents ventured out of their homes.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with people about the storm and its aftermath.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Theater Talk: Snow keeps audiences at home making soup

Even though snowfall in the actual theater district has been relatively light, half of the potential audience for shows is snowbound and under a travel ban which has led to a number of cancelations all week long.  We hope that this weekend has more shows up than dark. 

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Local
9:48 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Bills game moved to Detroit, Sabres game postponed

Credit File photo

The NFL has announced that this weekend's Buffalo Bills/New York Jets game will be played Monday evening in Detroit, not Sunday in Orchard Park.

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Local
6:56 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

School closings for Friday, November 21, 2014

The following schools are closed on Friday, November 21, due to inclement weather:

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Local
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Snowstorm death toll up to 10

Ten people have now died as a result of the major lake-effect snowstorm that has pounded the region over the past three days.

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Local
12:55 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

More lake-effect snow is in the forecast

Snow pile in Lancaster
Credit Megan in Lancaster

Lake-effect snow will continue off of Lake Erie for the next 24-hours. Another band is headed for Lackawanna, West Seneca, Elma, Alden, Lancaster, and Cheektowaga.

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Local
8:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Plow driver working around the clock cleaning lake snows

Heavy Lake Effect Snow continues to strike parts of Western New York already hard hit by an earlier band that dumped more than five-feet in places like Cheektowaga, West Seneca and Lancaster. The consistent snow since Monday has meant many plow drivers are working endlessly as they try to clear all the snow.

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Local
5:54 am
Thu November 20, 2014

School Closings: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yellow School bus in winter snow in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

The following schools and offices are closed for Thursday, November 20, 2014.

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Local
5:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Governor visits areas affected by lake-effect snow

Governor Andrew Cuomo updates public on lake effect snow storm situation
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo traveled to western New York Wednesday to tour areas hard hit by the ongoing lake effect snow storm. Cuomo says the state worked around the clock to rescue stranded motorists on the Thruway and other roads.

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Local
5:12 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

City hauling snow to Central Terminal

Dump trucks hauling snow from south Buffalo to property at the Central Terminal in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The City of Buffalo's Department of Public Works and Streets has been removing the snow with high lifts in South Buffalo and placing it on dump trucks.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says tons of snow is being transported to the Central Terminal on the city's East Side.


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