Buffalo weather

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. and continuing until Friday at 4 p.m.

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A Winter Storm Watch has been posted from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo  says heavy snow is possible.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and city officials had a message to residents, as they provided an update on snow clearing efforts: thank you. Honoring winter parking rules, Brown said, was one of the factors that helped streets crews get main and secondary thoroughfares ready for the Friday morning commute, following about a foot of snow that fell in the Queen City overnight.

"Lake Effect" can bring trouble, but some companies embrace name

Mar 17, 2017
by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Lake Effect man on the handle of a beer tap at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo New York.

Residents in the Great Lakes region are very familiar with Lake Effect snows. When cold, dry air passes over the lakes, it generates enough snow to bring white outs, vehicle pile ups, power outages and back-breaking shoveling. Despite all those problems, dozens of businesses and organizations have embraced the Lake Effect name.


Ice-free Great Lakes bringing lake effect snows

Jan 27, 2017

Areas along the Great Lakes are bracing for big lake effect snows this weekend -- and there probably will be more this winter.

The reason: Water temperatures on all five lakes are higher than normal, so little ice has formed.

Great Lakes are warmer than normal. Snow on the way?

Dec 1, 2016

New heat maps from NOAA show the startling change in water temperatures across the Great Lakes this year.

Back in 2014, the heat map shows a bluish scene, illustrating cool temperatures. But this year, the map in late November temps is all yellows and oranges.

What is "lake effect" snow?

Nov 18, 2016

The National Weather Service says the season's first lake effect snow is likely this weekend. That could be a harsh beginning to winter.

In the Great Lakes region, the effect kicks in when dry arctic air speeds over large expanses of warm water.

Will warm Great Lakes mean less ice this winter?

Nov 7, 2016

The Great Lakes are much warmer than usual, and that will be a factor in limiting ice formation this winter, the National Weather Service says in its "freeze-up outlook."

Despite torrential downpours on Monday and Tuesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said all roads in the southtowns were opened on Wednesday.

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The National Weather Service is keeping a close eye on local creeks as the weather warms up and ice jam flooding potentially sets in. 

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at noon Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.


Blizzard conditions cancel many flights at airport

Mar 12, 2014
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A majority of flights at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are canceled due to the blizzard-like conditions occurring in the region. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says not much is moving in and out of the airport at this time.


Blizzard Warning posted for most of WNY

Mar 11, 2014
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A Blizzard Warning in effect from 2 a.m Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. 

Arctic blast moves into Buffalo Niagara region

Jan 21, 2014
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A cold snap is moving into the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday that should last all week. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Child Advisory from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for most of Western New York.

Region braces for another storm: Lake effect & wind chill warnings

Jan 6, 2014
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A Lake Effect Snow Warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Genesee Counties, especially areas south of Buffalo and Batavia.

Snow & bitter cold weather

Jan 1, 2014

The National Weather Service says there will be snow and blowing snow along with bitterly cold wind chills.

Lake Effect Snow Advisory for parts of the region

Dec 30, 2013
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A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is posted for parts of the Western New York region for New Year's Eve day.

Frosty grip: Winter Weather Advisory

Dec 13, 2013
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There's a winter weather advisory across the Western New York Region. 

Spring snows

Mar 22, 2013
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Spring snows continue to fall throughout the Western New York region Friday.  A Lake Effect Snow warning remains in effect through noon Friday for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.  That includes the cities of Orchard Park, Springville, Warsaw, Jamestown and Olean.

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Soon the sound of "play ball" will echo from Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo. Bisons ground crews are preparing for the new season, but cold, wintry weather remains. 

Rain, winds; Lakeshore flooding to Lake Effect snows

Feb 24, 2012
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A mix of weather conditions will move over the region Friday and Saturday. 

Rain, that will cause Lake Erie waters to rise, will continue through  Friday afternoon.  But it will turn very windy, with Lake Effect snows moving into parts of the region.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Paone at the Airport Weather Station said conditions will take a dicey turn as we move through the day.

White out conditions

Jan 19, 2012
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Strong gusty winds are causing near white out conditions at times across the Buffalo Niagara region.  

Winds in excess of 40-miles-per-hour are causing blowing snow. 

Conditions along area roadways quickly  deteriorated Thursday afternoon.  The worst conditions will progress from northwest to southeast across the metro Buffalo area through 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Old man winter finds his way back to Buffalo

Jan 13, 2012
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   Old man winter found his way back to Buffalo delivering a well-overdue blast of blustery conditions to the region.

A winter weather advisory will remain posted until 7 p.m. Friday for Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and  Orleans  Counties.

The heaviest snow fell in the metro Buffalo region.  About six inches of snow has fallen.  But National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Mitchell tells us it wasn't the snow --  but strong, gusty winds that created blustery conditions.

Lake snows hit mostly in the Southern Tier

Jan 3, 2012
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Winter weather has been running a little behind schedule this season, but the arrival of the new year is accompanied by something that more closely resembles what we expect from January. 

A Lake Snow Warning will remain posted until 1 p.m. Tuesday for Wyoming County, and until 6 p.m. Tuesday night for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.

Meteorologist Tony Ansuini at National Weather Service in Buffalo said those areas under the warning will experience some heavy snows.

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It's a wintry day across Western New York.  Here in Buffalo, there's just a coating of snow on the ground.
 
Of greater concern are the plunging temperatures which caused untreated wet roads to freeze. 

In the Southern Tier, lake effect snow is falling and could accumulate another two to four inches Wednesday.

The National Weather Service is continuing a winter weather advisory for all of Western New York through 6:00 p.m. Wednesday for snow and blowing snow.

Winter weather moving through region

Dec 27, 2011
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A winter weather advisory is in effect for all of Western New York. The advisory will be posted until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters say low pressure is bringing us our first real shot of winter weather with widespread accumulating snow Tuesday night, tapering off Wednesday afternoon, although there may be further lake effect snow in the traditional snow belt areas. We can expect up to two inches Tuesday night, and another one to three inches tomorrow, for a total of three to five inches Wednesday. Higher accumulations are expected in the snow belt areas south of the city.

Mostly sunny, crisp day across region

Dec 10, 2011
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Mostly sunny skies occurring across  the Buffalo Niagara region Saturday after old man winter returned with less than expected snow in the metro region Friday.

Between two to more than four inches of snow fell in parts of Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua Counties Friday.

A weather spotter in North Tonawanda in Niagara County reported 4.3 inches of snow fall to the National Weather Service Office at the Airport Weather Station in Cheektowaga.

It will remain mostly sunny and crisp Saturday with a high near 30.