National Weather Service

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning until 1 p.m. for  Western New York. Heavy snow is expected, with total accumulations of 7"-14" in the metro Buffalo area, Northtowns and Orleans and Genesee counties, 6"-10" across the Southern Tier. Sleet may mix in at times and winds will be gusting as high as 35 mph, producing drifts and poor visibility. The NWS said to expect dangerous travel.


Much of Erie County is forecasted to be hit by the brunt of severe winter weather Friday night.

WBFO news file

A wind advisory has been issued for a majority of Western New York. Erie, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties may see up to 50 MPH gusts.

NWS Buffalo / National Weather Service

A heat advisory is in effect for Niagara and Orleans Counties from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with temperatures in the mid-80s and heat index values in the upper 90s.

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.

Though snow totals remain below average for this winter, bouts of extreme weather continue to challenge Western New Yorkers. Over the weekend, winds in excess of 60 miles per hour battered the region, leaving thousands without power. To start the work week this morning, freezing drizzle is expected to glaze some roadways. The conditions have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Weather Advisory until 10 a.m.

Winter Weather Advisories continue today for areas south of the city of Buffalo. While those locales will see the heaviest snow, Buffalo and its immediate suburbs will also contend with two to three inches of snow. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service says today's light winds and mild temperatures will be gone tomorrow. Lake effect snow is in the forecast for Wednesday through Thursday as drivers should expect areas of blowing snow. Temperatures will fall into the teens.

Rain, heavy wet snow create messy Saturday

Dec 15, 2019

The rain and  heavy, wet snow that fell across Western New York Saturday made for some messy walking but caused minimal problems. Drivers in the immediate Buffalo area were able to get around despite the snowfall. Those traveling south, especially in Springville, encountered more difficult driving conditions because of higher amounts of snow.

Most of the region is under a Winter Weather Advisory today as lake effect snow will reach from south of Buffalo early this morning and into the Northtowns later in the day. Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service expects the morning commute in Buffalo to be impacted by one to three inches of snow. Later this afternoon, that band will drift back into the city and combine with increasing winds to create bouts of blowing snow.

Ice, not snow, was the major weather factor for Buffalo on Sunday. Icy roads made for difficult travel, including at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport where a plane slid off the taxiway. This morning, a layer of snow will be added to the mix and that has prompted the National Weather Service to continue a Winter Weather Advisory through 11 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning brought 2"-3" of rain to Erie County within a 60-90 minute period Wednesday morning, with Kenmore, North Buffalo and Amherst getting the worst of it, according to the National Weather Service.

Relief from heat and humidity arrives late Sunday

Jul 21, 2019
Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Relief from the oppressive heat and humidity is on its way.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News File Photo

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.

WNY escapes brunt of East Coast winter storm

Mar 3, 2019

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.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

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.


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.

Eileen Buckely/WBFO News

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


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

Jay Moran/WBFO

"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.

Three to five inches expected from lake snow

Nov 20, 2018

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

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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.

Wildfire smoke propelled by jet stream into WNY

Aug 19, 2018
Courtesy of NWS Buffalo

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
National Public Radio

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.