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Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded.

This spring's weather has appeared to be a bit on the damp side, with  a number of cool rainy days over the past month.

A major winter storm is sweeping through the eastern portion of the US Sunday. But Western New York will escape the brunt of the snowfall. The storm is tracking far enough south to have little impact here.

A High Wind Warning is now in effect across Western New York and continues through 10:00 Monday morning.

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A winter weather advisor is in effect until 1 AM Thursday for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Northern Erie, and Genesee counties. Icy roads have led to numerous accidents already today.

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While public and private snow plows scurry about the region Friday morning, officials are easing back travel bans in an effort to return to business as normal.  No snow is in the forecast, but a Wind Chill Advisory remains in place until 11 a.m. for all of Western New York. The National Weather Service says wind chill values will dip to 15-below, limiting outdoor activity and prompting many school districts to be closed again today.

Weekend heat may bring weekend floods

Jan 31, 2019
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While Western New Yorkers will look forward to relief from Arctic cold temperatures beginning this weekend, meteorologists and government officials are looking ahead with concern for potential flood problems.

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Lake-effect snow moved through Erie County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning as extreme weather converged on Western New York.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for portions of the upper Niagara River due to an ice jam.

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"Wind chills are running 20-to-25 below zero this morning, which is a very chilly start, even for us in Buffalo," meteorologist Kirk Apffel told  WBFO at 5 a.m. Don't expect much improvement as the day progresses. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory through 7 p.m.

For those making the workday commute this morning, it could be a harrowing drive as strong winds combine with lake effect snow to create poor conditions. Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service says that band will move south from Buffalo this morning and dump heavier snow in Southern Erie, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. He also expects Thanksgiving temperatures to hover in the low twenties. The record low for Thanksgiving of 22-degrees occurred in 1903 and 1938.


The National Weather Service is posting a winter weather advisory for much of Western New York Wednesday.

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Local residents should expect two bouts of snow over the next 24 hours. Meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says precipitation arriving during the day today will eventually change to rain later this afternoon. The heaviest snow should come overnight with some areas seeing up to a half-foot of snow.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Buffalo on Saturday from 3 am until 1 pm.


Weak tornado causes minor damage in West Seneca

Oct 21, 2018
Photo courtesy of National Weather Service in Buffalo

Unsettled weather Saturday spawned a weak tornado that briefly touched down in West Seneca. It caused minor damage. It was classified as an EF-O tornado, the weakest classification.

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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