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Tropical storm's remnants to bring heavy rains

Sep 9, 2018

Heavy rains are on their way to Western New York. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon are forecast to move through the region.

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The wildfires burning in the western United States and Canada are having an impact on our area. The National Weather Service reports smoke from the fires is being propelled east by the jet stream.

It will be oppressively hot and humid again Monday, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees. That has prompted the National Weather Service to post a rare excessive heat warning for our region. It runs through 10 p.m.

Heat advisory Monday

Jun 18, 2018
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The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

Around 8:30 this morning a wind gust of 60 miles per hour was recorded at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock expects the strong winds to continue with the possibility of gusts reaching 70 miles per hour before the day is done.


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Temperatures will move into the fifties later today, continuing a remarkable trend of unseasonably warm weather coming to the area. Heather Kenyon of the National Weather Service tells WBFO that Tuesday's high temperature away from the Lake Erie shore could be in the upper sixties. Though mid-week temperatures will move back toward freezing, Kenyon expects mostly mild weather over the next two weeks.

Nearly four inches of snowfall was recorded at the Buffalo National Weather Service office overnight. With another inch or two of snow on the way, meteorologist Tony Ansuini says a winter weather advisory will continue until 1 p.m. today. Cold weather--wind will be in the single digits-- has accompanied today's precipitation. Ansuini says temperatures will move above freezing over the next two days before they plummet again. The cold spell could last to the middle of February.


The return of milder temperatures and a threat of rain could create more ice jam flooding in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has posted a flood watch for people who live near creeks and streams in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties from Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening.

Meteorologists say Buffalo, Cayuga, Cazenovia and Cattaraugus Creeks are typically most prone to ice jams.

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Area rivers and creeks are chock full of ice - and with the warm-up coming this week, municipalities are trying to prevent flooding.

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All of Western New York will get more snow in the coming days. A "White Christmas" is guaranteed.

Concerns over freezing rain have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory through 4 a.m. Saturday for Buffalo and much of the region. Meteorologist Bob Hamilton sees conditions changing throughout the weekend. "It looks like a higher chance for a white Christmas. Each day, it's looking better and better we're going to get fairly widespread snow later on Christmas Eve."


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The on and off again lake effect snow that has been falling in Buffalo for the past week has finally ended.

An inch or two of new snow could impact Buffalo and the surrounding area today. That modest snow total, however, could make for treacherous driving conditions as strong winds whip up blowing snow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. Additionally, a lake effect snow warning is in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.


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The Friday morning commute around Buffalo was complicated by lake effect snow drifting into the city. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects two to four inches of snow to fall before 10 a.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee counties.


In modifying its forecast, the National Weather Service is now predicting significant lake effect snow for later this afternoon and tonight.  Buffalo, along with parts of Northern Erie and Genesee counties, will be under a winter weather advisory from 4 pm until 1 am Thursday. A lake effect snow warning begins tonight for areas south of the city.


Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the area. According to meteorologist John Hitchcock, the watch runs from late Tuesday through late Thursday. Throughout that duration, lake effect snow bands will move throughout the area, leaving solid snow piles from Buffalo to Western New York's ski country.


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In Houston, reservoirs swollen by rain from Hurricane Harvey were opened early Monday, a move that was expected to flood more homes — but one that the Army Corps of Engineers says is needed to limit the scope of the disaster that's threatening lives and property in Texas.

Tornado clean-up continues, all power restored

Jul 22, 2017
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Much progress was made Friday as the clean-up continues from the tornados that hit the Southtowns Thursday. All roads have been reopened and power restored in affected areas.

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The weather will be a bit unsettled on this Father's Day. After a partly sunny start to the day, it will become mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing.

A warm but windy Sunday

Jun 11, 2017
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Summer-like weather has finally arrived in Western New York. High temperatures are expected to hit 80 or higher over the course of the next seven days.

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The Buffalo area has received more precipitation to start the year than at any similar period of time in the 147-years of record keeping by the National Weather Service.

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The National Weather Service has canceled a Tornado Watch that had been in effect for all of Western New York.

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Before the region has fully recovered from last week's damaging wind storm, the National Weather Service is cautioning about another severe weather event.

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Buffalo was warm in February. How warm was it? The National Weather Service says the region set a record for the warmest February on record.

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This February has has been a weather roller coaster, with the temperature going from 22 degrees to 71 degrees in just 27 days.

Some areas of the Northeast have been enjoying a mostly snow-free winter, but that's about to change.

Residents have been warned about an approaching powerful, fast-moving storm that could deliver more than a foot of snow in some areas.

The change in weather follows a spring-like day when much of the Northeast was enjoying 60 degree temperatures.

While snow in January is typical for Western New York, the duration of this weekend's Lake Effect Snow Warning is unusually long. The warning, which began Thursday afternoon, continues through 7pm Sunday for Southern Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Wyoming Counties. A Lake Effect Snow Watch has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee Counties for most of Saturday.


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If this winter has seemed windy, the National Weather Service says you're right - and there's more to come.

Dense fog follows unseasonably warm Saturday

Jan 22, 2017
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Dense fog spread over much of the region Sunday morning. The National Weather Service warned motorists to slow down and be prepared for rapid changes in visibility. Conditions were expected to improve as the day goes on.

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Lake effect snow continues to fall in areas well south of Buffalo.

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