• NYC is sending special response team to Buffalo

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City fire department is sending a federally trained response team to Buffalo, where it will help coordinate snow recovery. FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro (NY'-groh) says 35 members of the department's Incident Management Team have been deployed at the request of the state's Division of Homeland Security. They're also coordinating with New York City's Office of Emergency Management. Other fire, police and emergency medical responders from across the state have already been working in the affected towns and cities. IMTs help oversee large-scale, long-duration emergencies. New York City's team has previously helped with forest fires; Hurricane Katrina; and the storms Irene and Sandy

  • Normal NW weather: wind, rain, mountain snow

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    SEATTLE (AP) — Normal weather is returning to the Northwest Friday as a Pacific storm blows in with gusty winds, rain and mountain snow. The National Weather Service forecasts 1 to 2 inches of rain on the coast of Washington and Oregon by Saturday. Heavy snow is expected in the Cascades in Washington: 10 to 16 inches about 3,500 feet. There's a chance the snow level could drop to 3,000 early Saturday, which could drop 6 to 7 inches at Snoqualmie Pass. A winter storm warning is in effect for northeast Washington for snow down to the valley floors. In Oregon, 6 to 12 inches are possible in the central Oregon Cascades. Forecasters say the wind and rain should break the inversion in southeast Washington and Ea

  • Red Cross seeks blood donors to help Buffalo area

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The American Red Cross is seeking blood donors in the Rochester area so the organization can replenish the blood supply in the snowbound Buffalo region. Officials with the Red Cross New York-Penn Region have issued an emergency appeal for blood donors. They tell local media that the severe lake-effect storms that have buried much of western New York have caused the cancellation of at least 30 blood drives through Thursday. All blood types are needed. Officials say they're accepting donations Friday at the Red Cross facility in the town of Henrietta, just south of Rochester. Officials say they hope to collect 1,000 units of blood to send west to Buffalo.

  • Forecasters: Storms coming to Plains, Gulf Coast

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say severe weather is possible in the Southern Plains and across the Deep South over the next few days. The Storm Prediction Center said Friday there is a marginal risk of severe weather across far southern Oklahoma and northern Texas later Friday, with large hail the main threat. The bad weather is expected to move into southern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on Saturday. Damaging wind and a few tornadoes are possible, with large hail still possible in Texas. Forecasters said the potential for supercell storms and a few tornadoes may be greatest along the middle Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday. The threat in the lower Mississippi River Valley is expected late Saturday afternoon into S

  • Another blast of cold in New Jersey

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Warmer temperatures are around the corner following another blast or Arctic air in New Jersey. Friday morning's temperatures are mostly below freezing in the state. Coupled with brisk winds, it feels like it's in the teens. Friday's highs are expected in the 30s. The National Weather Service predicts the winds will die down and high pressure will move into the region over the weekend. Temperatures are expected in the 50s on Sunday.

  • State offices in 10 upstate counties closed today

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State offices in 10 upstate New York counties dealing with severe lake-effect snow storms are closed. State officials say the Friday closures are in effect in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties in western New York; Franklin, Lewis and Jefferson counties in northern New York, and Oswego and Herkimer counties in central New York. Officials say essential employees should report to work as directed by management. People with appointments at state offices should call to reschedule. State court employees are being directed to contact their supervisors for information on whether or not they should report to work Friday.

  • Rain chances Friday and Saturday in central Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    There is a chance for rain Friday and Saturday in Oklahoma. Temperatures will reach 60 degrees Friday.

  • Storm brings rain to drought-parched No. Calif.

    Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Bay Area is getting much needed rain and forecasters say more rain is on the way. About an inch of rain fell in some parts of the Bay Area on Thursday, soaking streets and highways and creating travel problems for some. Forecasters say mostly cloudy skies will be likely Friday morning, with a slight chance of rain late in the day. They say another small storm is expected Saturday. Despite the downpours, state authorities have said it will take more than one rainy season to bring the state's precipitation levels to normal. Most of the Bay Area remains short of average rainfall this season, though the wettest months are still ahead.

  • Bills' home game against Jets relocated to Detroit

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Snowed out in Buffalo, the Bills are heading to Detroit to play their "home" game against the New York Jets on Monday night. The NFL announced the location and date of the game on Thursday night after a severe lake-effect storm paralyzed much of the Buffalo region. More than 5 feet of snow has fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday. The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice because of impassable roads and driving bans in Orchard Park and many communities neighboring Ralph Wilson Stadium. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Lions' facility. The Lions are at New England on Sunday.

  • More on the snow: snowbound band, football effects

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Lake-effect storms have dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo area in the past few days, and more is possible, along with potential rain and flooding this weekend. The storm at a glance: ___ SNOWBOUND WITH THE BAND The New York City indie rock band Interpol had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the New York State Thruway. The band, touring to promote its new album, "El Pintor," posted messages on Twitter and Facebook announcing Thursday night's show in Montreal was canceled. Members were heading from a show in Columbus, Ohio, to the Toronto gig on Tuesday when their bus became stuck along with scores of other vehicles stranded by the stor

  • Roofs collapse as Buffalo clobbered by more snow

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more. Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon. Things could quickly get worse: Rain and temperatures as high as 60 were forecast over the weekend, raising the specter of flooding and an even heavier load on roofs, where the snow could absorb the downpours like a blanket.

  • Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city. Anchorage normally has nearly 17 inches of snowfall this time of year. Instead, it's seen less than 4 inches — and that snow fell a month ago and melted in unseasonably warmer weather. Without powder, local skiers are hitting the trails on roller skis or getting fit indoors. Some people are finding frozen lakes to skate on, even if it means leaving town. Others are celebrating. A light rain fell this week, only to later freeze into a slick layer on roads. So far, however, Anchorage's high this month was 48 degrees on Nov.

  • Rock band Interpol snowbound 50 hours on Thruway

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City indie rock band Interpol has had to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal because their tour bus was snowbound for two days on the Thruway near Buffalo. The band, touring to promote their new album, El Pintor, posted messages on Twitter and Facebook announcing Thursday night's show in Montreal was canceled. They were heading from a show in Columbus, Ohio, to a gig in Toronto Tuesday when their bus became snowbound along with scores of other vehicles stranded by an epic lake-effect storm. On their Twitter feed, the band posted selfies with vodka and snack bags and playing a guitar. At 4 a.m. Thursday, guitar and vocalist Daniel Kessler tweeted, "Finally just started making a move 50+ hou

  • 10 deaths blamed on major New York snowstorm

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have died as a result of a major storm that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Buffalo area this week. Erie County officials say Thursday that two people have died of exposure, one in Niagara County and one in Erie County. Details or names weren't released. One person was killed in an automobile accident Tuesday. Another man, age 46, was found dead in his snow-buried car Wednesday. Other deaths were attributed to heart attacks suffered while removing snow.

  • Michigan Christmas tree farmers lack cheer in snow

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    ALLEGAN, Mich. (AP) — Frigid temperatures and heavy snow are posing challenges to wholesale Christmas tree growers in Michigan as they try to ship out their final tree orders. Most growers in the state are dealing with "long hours and cold employees," Michigan Christmas Tree Association director Marsha Gray told MLive.com (http://bit.ly/1vsj5wG ). "We have to get the job done, Christmas isn't going to wait for us to get the trees to market," said Ken Wahmhoff of Wahmhoff Farms Nursery in Gobles. "We'll find a way." Wahmhoff said his employees were working in more than a foot of snow Wednesday. This week is "all about shipping trees," he said, but about 20 people skipped work and a truck didn't show up.

  • NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record worldwide. The 58.43 degrees Fahrenheit (14.74 Celsius) beat out October 2003. "It is becoming pretty clear that 2014 will end up as the warmest year on record," said Deke Arndt, climate monitoring chief for NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. "The remaining question is: How much?" With only two months left in the year, 2014 has now surged ahead as the globe's warmest year so far, beating

  • Long Island counties dispatch snow help to Buffalo

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island's two county executives have dispatched workers and equipment to western New York to help with snow removal. An epic snowstorm that started Tuesday has dumped 6 feet or more of snow in Buffalo and its surrounding communities. Officials in Nassau and Suffolk counties say they have sent 14 workers and about a dozen pieces of snow removal equipment to the region to assist. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone says in a statement that the county is reciprocating for assistance it received after Superstorm Sandy, brush fires and previous blizzards that have struck Long Island. The officials say they are responding to a request from the state Office of Emergency Management Office.

  • Winter weather wreaks havoc

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Winter storms were causing problems across the state on Thursday. The state Transportation Department reported snow or ice on most highway mountain passes in the state. The department recommended traction tires on Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass and on Highway 2 at Stevens Pass. Oversize vehicles were prohibited on both Snoqualmie and Stevens passes. In Spokane, the first snow of the season caused at least 41 collisions on Thursday morning, with one fatality. The fatal collision occurred around 8:40 a.m. on State Route 2 near Deep Creek, involving a semi-truck and two passenger vehicles.

  • Sabres home game against Rangers postponed by NHL

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to a severe lake-effect storm hitting the Buffalo region. The league made the announcement Thursday and said a makeup date has not yet been determined. The decision comes while many communities south and east of downtown Buffalo have been blanked by a storm that has dumped 5 feet of snow since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday. Though downtown Buffalo, where the Sabres play, is mostly unaffected by the storm, there are numerous driving bans throughout the region which make it difficult for fans to get to the arena. On Tuesday, an estimated crowd of 6,200 was able to attend B

  • Winds, snow, cold make Michigan roads hazardous

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Windy weather, a fresh coating of snow and cold temperatures are combining to create hazardous driving conditions and dozens of crashes around Michigan. The National Weather Service says 7 more inches of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning in northeastern Kent County. Temperatures at 1 p.m. range from 9 at Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula to 29 at Ypsilanti in southeastern lower Michigan. State police say troopers at the Detroit Metro Post handled 137 crashes in the 36 hours ending at noon Thursday. Lt. Michael Shaw says there were no deaths of serious injuries. Allegan County authorities say an autopsy shows that a man found out in the cold Saturday died of hypothermia and