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On and off rain showers and patchy drizzle will become more intermittent this evening, but driving conditions will still be tough at times. A few spotty showers could still see some wet snowflakes mix in overnight in the hills south of Buffalo. Temperatures back in the 30s tonight with a noticeable breeze will bring another chilly night across WNY.
A cloudy and chilly start Friday morning will give way to some afternoon sun and temperatures near 50. We’ll be dodging some raindrops this weekend, but it will not be a washout. A gusty southwest wind develops Friday night into Saturday which will bring a big boost in temperatures. A lot of Saturday looks dry with a chance of a few showers especially in the afternoon. Another round of rain will move in Sunday, mainly for the morning and early afternoon. Some of these showers can brush New Era Field, so rain gear is recommended, though much of the game may be dry.
The weather still looks solid for trick or treating on Halloween with dry and reasonably comfortable weather holding up. Afterwards, expect another big jump in temperatures, with even 70 possible Tuesday.
THURSDAY NIGHT: A few spotty evening rain, few snowflakes in the Southern Hills. Mostly Cloudy, Chilly, Breeze diminishes overnight, Low: 34-38, Wind: W 10-20.
FRIDAY: Morning Clouds give way to some Afternoon Sun. Dry & Not as Breezy, Wind: W/SW 6-12, High: 44-50, Low: 45.
SATURDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Breezy, Chance of a Shower later in the day, High: 68, Low: 47.
SUNDAY: Cloudy, Rain Showers will brush the metro but will be more likely south of the city, High: 53, Low: 37.
HALLOWEEN MONDAY: Some early clouds then Mostly Sunny, High: 54. It will be Mostly Clear and Dry for trick-or-treating during the early evening with temperatures upper 40s, Low: 47.
TUESDAY: Mostly to Partly Sunny, Warm, High: 70, Low: 52.
WEDNESDAY: Partly Sunny, High: 64, Low: 45.
THURSDAY: Mostly Cloudy, chance of Showers. High: 56.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP modified) — The father of Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams says his son intends to wait until the offseason to determine whether to continue playing after sustaining his latest neck injury.
Anthony Williams told The Associated Press by phone Thursday that while the topic of retirement has yet to be discussed, he intends to involve his entire family in a discussion regarding his son’s future.
“We’ll wait to talk about that at the end of the season as a family and we’ll pray about it, and make the best decision that’s right for him,” Williams said.
He added he’s confident his son has plenty of opportunities beyond football should he elect to no longer play.
Williams spoke after his son was blindsided and bowled over by a hit from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry in a 28-25 loss at Miami on Sunday. Landry was penalized for unnecessary roughness after he launched himself and caught Williams in the head while blocking on a running play.
NFL sources say Landry was fined more than $24,000 for the hit.
Williams was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but cleared to travel home with the team.
Coach Rex Ryan on Thursday would only say that Williams is out indefinitely, while adding: “I don’t think there’s any doubt there’s some long-term concerns there.”
Cornerback Stephon Gilmore told the AP that Williams was experiencing numbness in one of his arms. The team and Williams’ father would not confirm what Gilmore said.
Anthony Wiliams would only say doctors ruled out a concussion and that his son is experiencing soreness in one of his shoulders. He also said his son’s mouth was bloodied after the hit because he bit the inside of his cheek.
Williams was moving to his right following the path of running back Jay Ajayi when Landry struck him.
Ryan called Landry’s hit “dirty” and “deliberate,” and questioned why the receiver wasn’t ejected. Anthony Williams also called the hit dirty because of the way Landry launched into his son.
Gilmore said Landry’s hit dirty, especially coming against a player who has a history of head injuries.
Last year, Williams hurt his neck while diving headfirst in an attempt to tackle New England receiver Julian Edelman. Williams missed the final 11 games and had neck surgery, during which doctors shaved two disks to alleviate nerve damage.
Williams said he elected to continue playing after doctors assured him there was no increased risk of reinjury .
He also missed a portion of training camp last summer because of a concussion sustained when he collided with receiver Dezmin Lewis.
Williams has been a starter since being drafted by Buffalo in the second round in 2011 out of Texas. He began as a cornerback before switching to safety in 2013.
Buffalo (4-3) hosts AFC East rival New England (6-1) on Sunday.
NOTES: Running back LeSean McCoy’s status is uncertain after he missed his second straight practice with an injury to his left hamstring. … Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is on track to make his season debut after missing the past three games with a hamstring injury. Dareus sat out the first four games serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. … Guard Richie Incognito did not practice Thursday because of an illness.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just after officials released a report on gun trafficking in New York state, a more specific look at Buffalo was released Thursday.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the police leaders of Buffalo and Niagara Falls spoke during the conference.
“The Niagara Falls Police Department is committed to getting illegal guns off our streets,” Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said. “We appreciate the Attorney General’s willingness to dive into the data, and report on gun trafficking trends. In order to eliminate gun violence, law enforcement needs to continue to work together.”
According to Schneiderman, 59 percent of recovered guns in Buffalo came from out-of-state sources.
The attorney general says trends have been noticed in gun recoveries. States with more relaxed gun laws, like Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida have been named as sources of guns brought into New York.
Schneiderman says many guns are coming from the “Iron Pipeline,” — states like those mentioned above along the I-95 corridor.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda calls the reduction of gun violence” a “top priority.”
“Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s report and Tracing Analytics Platform will assist in our effort, and we thank him for his support,” Derenda said.
SENECA NATION (WIVB) — A Cattaraugus County man has been charged with two counts of vehicular assault after a July crash that injured nine people.
Erie County Sheriff’s deputies say that on the morning of July 17, Jerry John, 19, was driving on Versailles Plank Road within the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation when he hit a tree.
The crash caused a number of occupants to be ejected from the vehicle and injured.
The Perrysburg resident was charged on Thursday and committed to the Erie County Holding Center before his arraignment.
WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Don Schultz headed out Tuesday afternoon to clear storm sewer drains along Glenmar Drive in West Seneca.
It’s the type of job he’s done for years, and with equipment he’s used, in the same way, for years. But something went horribly wrong, and now, the 53-year-old is fighting for his life.
Signs of the accident were all that was left in the neighborhood Wednesday, neon spray paint on the ground, marks on the curb the truck jumped after running over Schultz and a badly damaged electrical box, where the massive truck came to rest.
Other details — like whether the truck slipped out of gear and how Schultz got caught beneath it — are still being determined; as is his future. Schultz was seriously injured, and has stabilized in critical condition at ECMC.
“He is a tough fighter, and I have full faith that he’ll fight right through this,” said Matthew Stacey, another member of the West Seneca Highway Department, who’s known Schultz since he was 15. “You can bend him, but you ain’t gonna’ break him.”
Brian Cummins is the president of the local CSEA that represents West Seneca highway workers. He’s known Schultz for most of his 28 years on the job.
“He was the type of guy who did a lot of things for everybody else,” Cummins said
Now everybody else is doing things for him, namely, reaching out with their wallets, donating close to $12,000 in 24 hours.
“We don’t want them to worry about things,” Cummins said. “All we want is for them to focus on him, and make sure he’s better. Our main thing is to make sure that Don and his family are taken care of.
Stacey and Cummins said in emergencies like these, the local highway department comes together naturally; more like a family than a group of co-workers.
“He is family. He is one of our family members, and that’s how this highway department is,” Stacey At the end of the day, when we punch out, we are family. We represent every single member, and I can guarantee you that he would do the same exact thing for me.
To visit Schultz’s GoFundMe page, click here.