National Weather Service Buffalo

The strongest winds occurred Sunday afternoon as a gust of 69 miles per hour was recorded at 3:17 p.m. at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. The effects of those winds, however, are still being felt. Over 50,000 customers are without power Monday morning, forcing dozens of schools to close.

Damaging winds with 75 mph gusts expected Sunday

Feb 22, 2019

The National Weather Service is working to stay ahead of the potentially devastating effects of a weather front coming to the region Sunday. Meteorologist Dave Thomas says their weather models are consistently projecting extended periods of strong winds, including gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour. A High Wind Warning has been issued from Sunday at 7 a.m. through Monday at 10 a.m. 


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As the snow began to fall in Buffalo early Tuesday morning, it was mixed with enough freezing rain to have a major impact on the commute. Though crews were out overnight treating roads with salt, the precipitation made for a slow ride for most. While a Winter Weather Advisory is in place through 10 p.m., forecasters expect temperatures to warm Tuesday afternoon and for the precipitation to change to all rain for the drive home.

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Like real estate and restaurants, location matters when it comes to lake effect snow in Western New York. While Niagara and Orleans Counties are expected to see little or no snow Friday, it's  a drastically different story in Buffalo and locations south of the city. The National Weather Service reported snow fall rates at nearly three inches per hour earlier Friday morning in some locations and more activity is expected to move throughout the region later Friday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. 


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The mild weather of recent weeks is coming to an abrupt halt this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. While the warning encompasses 32 hours, meteorologist David Thomas expects "the bulk of the snow" will fall from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Accumulations may total 1' in some locales, while single-digit temperatures will cover the region. Thomas warns wind chills could dip to 20 below zero.


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For Thursday's blast of winter weather, timing is everything. Bob Hamilton of the National Weather Service expects a band of lake effect snow to move through the city of Buffalo between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Hamilton said the heavy snow and strong winds will reduce visibility for drivers, but the total accumulations should not exceed five inches Thursday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for Buffalo and Northern Erie County until 7 p.m. Thursday.


Snow will be impacting the region over the coming days, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a series of statements. With the possibility of 20 inches of snow coming to higher elevation areas, a Winter Storm Warning will be in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Buffalo will be under a Winter Weather Advisory from tonight through 6 p.m. Wednesday.


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While spring officially arrives in the month of March, the continued presence of snow will make the region feel like it is winter in the coming weeks.  Snow accumulations ranging from four to 10 inches will pile around the area in the next 24 hours. To add to it, Tony Ansuni of the National Weather Service says another Nor'easter could bring more snow next week.


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A widespread weather system is bringing snow to Western New York today. The heaviest of the snow is hitting Allegany County where several schools canceled classes. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties while the rest of the region is under a winter weather advisory. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects another bout of snow to arrive Friday.


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A Winter Weather Advisory continues until 2 pm for Western New York as a wet and heavy April snow moves through the region. According to Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service, the snowfall has been widespread with the heaviest snow hitting areas to the east and south of Buffalo. The winter feel should be short-lived as dry weather arrives this weekend.


A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Steve Welch of the National Weather Service says some locales could see more than a foot of snowfall by Friday night.


The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Monday. Impacted areas could see up to a foot of snow. While Buffalo and its immediate suburbs will see little snow, some wild, windy weather is on the way.


It's official, WNY... we're in a drought

Jul 7, 2016
United States Drought Monitor

The summer of 2016 has been a dry one so far in Western New York. As of now, a vast majority of the region is categorized as having "moderate drought" conditions. And in spite of rain forecast for this weekend, it appears Western New York will remain dry most of the summer.


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The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for northern Erie and Genesee counties.  The warning is in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday.

Heat advisory in effect for parts of WNY

Jul 1, 2014
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Hot and humid temperatures will blanket all of western New York over the next few days. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Genesee and Orleans counties until 9 p.m. Tuesday as the heat index is expected to hit 100.

The Blizzard of March 2014

Mar 13, 2014
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You can call this one the March blizzard of 2014.  For the second time this season Western New York is dealing with heavy snow and strong winds, creating tough driving conditions and poor visibility at times.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for all of Western New York as a blizzard continues to grip the region.

Severe wind chills will follow morning snow

Jan 27, 2014
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Blowing, heavy snow fell across the area prior to Monday morning's commute, impacting the start of school for many Western New York districts.  While the snow should cease for the most part, strong winds will present a new set of problems.

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

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It was a rough trek into work for commuters in the Buffalo Niagara region Tuesday morning.  Overnight snowfall coated the roads with another layer of new snow, making driving hazardous.

Flood Warning for Erie County

Sep 21, 2013
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The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning for Erie County.  The warning is posted until 3 p.m. Saturday.