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After a rather gloomy Wednesday, clouds and a few areas of fog stick around through tonight, but we should stay rain-free. Periods of rain return Thursday morning however, with the arrival of the next weather disturbance and that continues through the afternoon. The most widespread of the rain will be Thursday afternoon and night, then tapering off throughout Friday morning, perhaps ending as a snow shower in the hills. General rainfall amounts over this 24-hour span will be about 1″. Area creeks will be running high on Friday, but at this point they are expected to remain within their banks, but we will watch this closely.
Beyond that clearing skies Friday night will bring chilly temperatures to start the weekend, but sunshine returning Saturday will bring a nice start to the weekend. Another weather front will trigger some more rain showers by Saturday evening which will change to some snow or mixed showers toward Easter Sunday morning before ending for the afternoon. We will most likely see some sun breaking out during Sunday afternoon. The overall pattern will favor unseasonably cool weather for the first half of April.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, Mild, Few Areas of Fog, Low: 36-40, Wind: Light SW.
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Periods of Rain, some downpours possible by later in the day, High: 45 north, 55 south, Wind: NE 5-10. Periods of Rain overnight, Low: 36.
FRIDAY: Chance of an early shower, some snow in the hills, then some Partial Sun breaks out for the afternoon, High: 44, Low: 28.
SATURDAY: Early Sunshine, then Clouds Increase PM, Showers approach toward evening, High: 48, Low: 28.
EASTER SUNDAY: Breezy and Chilly, Chance of some morning Snow Showers, some breaks of PM Sun, High: 36, Low: 25.
MONDAY: Partial Sun, High: 39, Low: 30.
TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of Showers, High: 43, Low: 27.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, Cool, High: 39.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Jim Kelly’s wife Jill has confirmed that the Bills great is out of surgery and headed into recovery.
“During pre-op the computer in our section wasn’t working so they had to get a new one. Then Jim says to me, “Did you see the computer? You should take a picture.” And so I did! As silly as it sounds, God gave us the #12computer. And almost 12 hours of surgery later….#12 is now on the road to recovery,” Jill wrote in the post.
A hospital spokesperson confirmed that the 12-hour surgery was successful and the cancer was removed.
“We successfully removed Mr. Kelly’s cancer from his upper jaw and lymph nodes from his neck. We then reconstructed his upper jaw. Mr. Kelly is resting comfortably post-operatively,” said Dr. Mark Urken, head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai West.
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A 14-year-old girl who allegedly threatened to shoot up JFK High School in Cheektowaga Wednesday has been charged with third degree falsely reporting an incident.
The girl and her parents voluntarily surrendered to Cheektowaga Police early Wednesday morning.
Third degree falsely reporting an incident is a Class A misdemeanor, but because the girl is less than 16 years old, the matter will be referred to Family Court.
She is currently in Family Court waiting to be seen by a judge.
“The threat yesterday created a major inconvenience and concern for students, staff and parents,” police said in a press release. “Many JFK students missed the school day or were picked up early by worried parents.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New information is being released about the pitch Western New York made to reel in Amazon’s new headquarters. The joint bid between Buffalo and Rochester didn’t make the list of 20 finalists.
That’s despite it including a lot of tax breaks, more than $500 million of tax breaks just in Erie County. Another $700 million of breaks were offered in Rochester.
“It was obviously a really competitive process,” said Alan Rosenhoch, the director of business development for Invest Buffalo Niagara. “We could speculate on the different reasons (Buffalo did not get selected). The feedback we got from the company was very positive.
Invest Buffalo Niagara is one of the groups which worked on the proposal to land Amazon’s HQ2. Much of the company’s campus would have centered around Canalside and the Cobblestone District. Among the highlights, Amazon was offered space in Seneca One Tower, plus the Buffalo News and HSBC Atrium buildings on Washington Street.
“Incentives are a part of economic development in this country and around the world,” Rosenhoch said about the tax breaks offered. “In order to compete for large projects, as well as small projects, it’s all about putting together a package.”
That package included $502,574,000 worth of breaks offered by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.
Amazon did list “incentives” as one of its decision drivers in its request for proposal.
“Identify incentive programs available for the project at the state/province and local levels,” company officials wrote in the RFP. “The initial cost and ongoing cost of doing business are critical decision drivers.”
“There’s never been a single economic development project of this size in our country’s history,” Rosenbach said. “There’s no reason why there wouldn’t be incentive packages along with that.
“The incentives would go up with that scale.”
Now that they know Buffalo and Rochester will not be the site of Amazon’s new headquarters,” Rosenbach and his colleagues are shifting gears.
“There’s so much more to our proposal that we can go out there and sell,” he said.
Amazon started with more than 200 bids to choose from. The company is expected to choose from its list of 20 finalists this year.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Pegulas are looking at long-term stadium plans, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, and are in the “very early stage,” according to Sal Capaccio.
The WGR 550 reporter and News 4 contributor tweeted that Goodell said “I think those (talks/updates) are better coming from the Pegulas, whenever they want to share them with the community. I think they are in the very early stages.”
The exact plans for New Era Field are not clear.
News 4 will provide more information when it is available.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Broadway Market is booming this week- heading into Good Friday and Easter weekend.
Hundreds of people will pack into the market getting goodies before Easter Sunday and Dyngus Day.
Kathy Peterson, manager of the Broadway Market, stopped by News 4 Wednesday to talk about events happening this weekend.