National Weather Service

Heavy Lake Effect snows pounds northtowns

Jan 9, 2015
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A heavy Lake effect snow band that pounded areas north of Buffalo overnight.  Snow bands have shifted southward and will continue south through mid-morning Friday. WBFO News spoke with National Weather Service meteorologist Kirk Apffel who is monitoring the bands and snowfall rates.

Extreme wind chills forecast for Buffalo

Jan 7, 2015
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A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of Western New York through 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Forecasters with the National Weather Service are expecting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be windy rather than white this year. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock about the holiday forecast.

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A Lake Effect Snow Watch will go into effect Monday night and last through Wednesday morning.

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A Clarence neighborhood experienced extensive wind damage on Saturday due to a rare meteorological event.

Several roads are closed in Chautauqua County this morning after a band of thunderstorms poured heavy rains onto the region overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 8pm for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.

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.

Difficult commute in latest snow blast

Feb 27, 2014
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Another wind whipped blast created a treacherous ride into work for commuters across the Buffalo Niagara region.  A very fine snow and strong winds made driving conditions difficult Thursday morning.

Warmer weather expected to bring flooding to WNY

Feb 18, 2014
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The trend of steady snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures have combined to accumulate a solid snowpack across the region. Warmer temperatures are expected to melt much of that snow, bringing flooding to the region this week.

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Snowfall totals in the Western New York region have been above average for the winter season thus far, but Buffalo is finding itself way ahead of other major cities.

Winter Storm Warning for all of WNY Tuesday night

Feb 3, 2014
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Less than a week ago, the area was hibernating from bone-chilling temperatures. While more moderate weather has taken over in recent days, more severe weather is on the way.  A Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.  It is in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday night. 

Dangerous wind chills continue in WNY

Jan 28, 2014
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Concerns over severe wind chills prompted dozens of area schools to close Tuesday.

Warmer weekend weather could cause flooding

Jan 10, 2014
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In a week that brought Buffalo its worst blizzard in recent years, any weather would seem to bring relief. However, despite the arrival of milder temperatures, new public safety concerns are being raised.

Digging out from Blizzard 2014

Jan 8, 2014
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The Blizzard of 2014 is now history. Relentless lake effect snows and strong winds pounded the Buffalo region, but the Blizzard warning was lifted early Wednesday morning. Most area highways have reopened and travel bans are lifted.

Heavy Lake Snows causing whiteout conditions downtown

Jan 6, 2014
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Strong winds are whipping across downtown Buffalo Monday,  causing white out conditions and near zero visibility at times.  

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.

Winter blast hits Western New York

Jan 2, 2014
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The National Weather Service says the moderate snow that had been falling all day Thursday became lighter during the evening hours.  But forecasters say strong winds up to 25 miles per hour were still creating blowing and drifting snow.

Lake effect snow returns to WNY

Dec 26, 2013
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A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is in place through 10 am Friday for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.

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A strange mix of warm weather and freezing rain has left much of the region scrambling this morning. More than 8,000 NYSEG and National Grid customers are without power, with much of that focused in Niagara and Orleans Counties.

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Record rainfall on Saturday and an accumulation of ice caused significant difficulties for Western New Yorkers Sunday morning.

Frosty grip: Winter Weather Advisory

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

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Strong and potentially damaging winds will be blowing through Western New York tonight and into Monday.

Winter blast produces snow, icy conditions

Nov 12, 2013

A blast of winter weather late Monday night left its impact across the region. Icy conditions appeared to play a part in a series of highway accidents. Some areas reported five inches of snowfall.

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Saturday's saturating rains caused some minor and isolated flooding with one portion of Western New York receiving more than 3 inches of rain.

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The National Weather Service is reporting that a record setting snowfall blanketed Buffalo and Western New York on Saturday.

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The National Weather Service reports that a record high temperature for the area was reached on Saturday.

An afternoon reading at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport targeted the daytime high at 91 degrees. The previous high for the date was 90 degrees set in 1959.

Sunday's temperatures are expected to more comfortably moderate.

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The National Weather Service recorded a record temperature on Friday.

The mercury rose to 95 degrees, and more potentially record setting heat is expected for Saturday. A heat advisory is being issued for the afternoon hours for the lower Genesee Valley and the Ontario Plain, and the heat index could reach 100 degrees. The risk of heat related illnesses will be elevated Saturday.

Consuming plenty of liquids is recommended.

Dry weather impacting water levels

Jul 13, 2012

As it stands currently, Buffalo is enduring the driest July in recorded history.

The lack of precipitation has local officials keeping a close eye on municipal water levels.  On Grand Island, residents are asked to "voluntarily" limit their use of water.

"Certainly, we've been very dry, even going back to May and June," said meteorologist Tom Paone of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service.

According to Paone, the driest July in Western New York history saw less an inch of precipitation. That is unlikely to repeated this year.

Dry grounds combined with today's low humidity and gusty winds have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an alert regarding outdoor fires.

The National Weather Service has issued a "Red Flag Warning" from 11am through 6pm today.

"It's pretty rare for us to issue these. Our fire weather season is usually pretty short," said meteorologist Jon Hitchcock. 

"I'd say once every few years we have a bona fide 'Red Flag Warning' event here in Western New York."

Friday's weather brought not only the season's first significant snowfall but also a record accumulation for the day.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will remain in effect into the evening hours tonight for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, but Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist at the National Weather Service,  tells WBFO News that the rest of the area will see minimal snows today, and mild weather could be the trend for the near future.