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…LAKE EFFECT SNOW WARNING for southern Erie (south of 20A), Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus until 7:00 PM Wednesday
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for northern Erie (north of 20A), Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Allegany, McKean counties until 1:00 PM Wednesday…
Tonight, temperatures will continue to fall and lake effect snow will once again set up. The band of snow that will have the most impact will be south of the metro. Most of the snow will be just to the south of the already hard hit immediate southern suburbs. An increasing west/north west wind will usher much colder air into the region resulting in considerable blowing and drifting snow in open areas which will limit visibility and make for difficult travel. This will be the biggest threat for the north towns who are only expected to add minimal accumulation to what they’ve already seen.
Lake effect snow will persist into Wednesday with additional accumulation mainly toward Chautauqua County and northeast of the metro. A bitter wind chill, dropping into the sub-zero range inland from the lakeshores, will accompany the localized lake effect snow Wednesday.
Thursday, a disturbance will pass south of the region and could brush the area from Buffalo southward with some light snow expected. The best chance of accumulating snow will be across the Chautauqua Ridge and along the Pennsylvania border. More snow showers are in the forecast Friday and Saturday however timing those out and providing expected accumulations proves difficult because the models are all over the place. Sunday into Monday temperatures are expected to warm up a bit providing a temporary relief to the brutal cold.
TONIGHT; Lake snow well south and north, additional 6-12″ possible south of Buffalo; Less expected north. Low: 11-18, Wind: NW 12-22 Gusts 30.
WEDNESDAY: Bitter Cold Wind Chill, Lake Effect Snow Showers mainly southwest and northeast of the metro, some Breaks of Sun, High: 20, wind chills 0s at times, Wind: WNW 12-22, Low: 11
THURSDAY: Cloudy, Snow Showers mainly from Buffalo-southward, Accumulating snow along the Pennsylvania border, High: 19, Low: 12
FRIDAY: Cloudy, Snow Showers, High: 25, Low: 19
SATURDAY: Cloudy, Snow Showers High: 28, Low: 20
SUNDAY: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, High: 35, Low: 27
MONDAY: Cloudy, Mixed Rain/Snow, High: 37, Low: 29
TUESDAY: Mix of Snow and Rain, High: 36.
SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Lake effect snow continues to fall in Springville and other parts of the Southtowns Tuesday evening.
The Erie County Department of Public Works currently has 18 plows out in the area, and will be clearing snow until tomorrow morning.
Take a look at the snowfall here:
NEW YORK (WIVB) – A judge has denied a request for the case against Louis Ciminelli and others to be moved from Manhattan to Buffalo.
Ciminelli and two other executives with LPCiminelli, Michael Laipple and Kevin Schuler, resigned from the company earlier this year. The three face corruption charges related to the Buffalo Billion SolarCity project.
Ciminelli, Laipple and Schuler allegedly obtained the project through an unfair bidding process, according to a court document.
The three were among eight men charged in a statewide federal corruption case related to bid-rigging and pay-to-play schemes. Two of the other men charged are former SUNY Polytechnic Institute head Alain Kaloyeros and former top Gov. Cuomo aide Joe Percoco.
The eight charged were all indicted, and all pleaded not guilty.
MORE | See the indictment here.
An auction of roughly 2,000 pieces of construction equipment owned by LP Ciminelli took place on Tuesday morning.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Love it or hate it, winter weather is still here, and many Western New Yorkers woke up to a fresh blanket of snow Tuesday morning.
For many, that meant leaving the house extra early to deal with a messy commute.
“Around here they’re are not so bad,” said Buffalonian Hannah Taylor when asked about the road conditions. “But the plows haven’t been through yet where I am, so it’s a little rough.”
Plows were out in force across the area overnight and into the morning hours, doing what they could to keep up with the snow as it continued to fall.
Our News 4 crew watched as plows crews worked in teams of three on Court Street, clearing all lanes at once and laying down a lot of salt.
That worked well for a while, but with the snow still coming down, there was a new layer of snow on the street before too long. At least some people in downtown Buffalo say they’ve already had enough.
“I’m not happy,” said Buffalo resident Cedric Sharon. “I don’t like to trudge through it. It’s just aggravation. I don’t like winter.”
A lot of people had a lot of aggravation on their drives into work Tuesday. At one point, there was a six mile backup on the 33.
Pedestrians also told News 4 they weren’t thrilled, saying some people were too slow to shovel their sidewalks. “You’ve gotta get out here and do your job. Get busy.”
Still, one person’s arctic nightmare is another person’s winter wonderland, and we met a lot of people who welcomed this fresh dose of the white stuff. “I enjoy the cold. I enjoy the snow when it decorates the trees,” said Buffalo resident Xanadu Fish.
“When it snows, it’s kind of magical, because Christmas is right around the corner and it just makes everything seem so nice,” agreed another Buffalo resident, Timothy Ratzer.
In downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning, there really was a feeling like living in a snow globe. That is, if your snow globe includes some snowy, slushy streets.
“It’s nice, as long as we don’t get too much snow, you know, because then it gets to be a pain,” Buffalo resident Mark Jozwiak told News 4.
“I live in Richmond, Virginia, so if I get to experience it for a little bit, but not deal with it every day, that’s good for me,” said Cara Hageman, who stopped to talk with News 4 during a visit to the Queen City.
With so much winter weather still ahead of us, a lot of people say it’s important to remember what we like about this weather.
If you have a chance to go out and play in it, you should. Tuesday’s snow turned out to be a perfect blend for building snowmen.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations.
Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who had called for Trump’s resignation a day earlier because of allegations of sexual misconduct, called Trump’s attack a “sexist smear attempting to silence my voice.”
“I will not be silenced on this issue,” Gillibrand insisted. “Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday,” referring to women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct.
Standing up for Gillibrand, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted to the president: “Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted.”
The phrase “she persisted” went viral earlier this year after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Warren as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about then-attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions.
Trump’s tweet Tuesday did not directly address sexual harassment, but said of Gillibrand: “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
A day earlier, Gillibrand said Trump should resign because there were credible accusations against him. And barring that, she said, “Congress should investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.”
Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning inflamed Democrats who said the president was again debasing a woman. Trump did not respond to similar resignation calls from Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Democratic Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., told CNN “That was an ugly and suggestive tweet, and we all know what he was trying to say there, and it is beneath the office of the presidency.”
Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said Trump had “proven to be a poison for the presidency, a cancer on the country, and a truly disgraceful human being.”
Patti Solis Doyle, a onetime Hillary Clinton campaign official, wrote that Trump’s tweet made a “vile, disgusting implication” about Gillibrand.
Solis Doyle tweeted: “‘And would do anything for them’. What does that mean, @realDonaldTrump?! You, a man, accused by more than a dozen credible women of assault and harassment, has the audacity make this vile, disgusting implication. SHAME!”
Likewise, Brian Fallon, Clinton’s former campaign spokesman, tweeted: “This is a disgusting tweet. Also, it will make the Gillibrand folks ecstatic.” Fallon appeared to be referring to the fact sexual harassment is an issue that Gillibrand has taken on politically.
More than a dozen women came forward during last year’s campaign, many in the wake of the “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump is heard bragging about committing sexual assault, to say that the celebrity businessman had harassed them.
With each day seeming to bring new headlines that force men from positions of power, four of Trump’s accusers re-upped their claims Monday, believing the national movement on sexual harassment should force change at the White House too.
Trump has denied the claims. In a heated exchange with reporters in the White House briefing room on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders steadfastly dismissed accusations against the Republican president and suggested the issue had been litigated in Trump’s favor on Election Day.
Trump donated $4,800 to Gillibrand’s Senate campaign in 2010, according to federal campaign finance records. Before launching his presidential campaign, Trump frequently bestowed donations on politicians of both parties.
To his accusers, the rising #MeToo movement is an occasion to ensure he is at last held accountable.
“It was heartbreaking last year. We’re private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there to try and show America who this man is and how he views women, and for them to say, ‘Eh, we don’t care,’ it hurt,” Samantha Holvey said Monday. The former beauty queen claimed that Trump ogled her and other Miss USA pageant contestants in their dressing room in 2006.
“Let’s try round two,” she said. “The environment’s different. Let’s try again.”
CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced he will run for Governor of New York on Tuesday.
The Republican became a member of the New York State Assembly by winning a special election in 2000. He has been re-elected nine times since then.
In 2009, he became Minority Leader.
“Corruption and dysfunction in Albany have transformed our state for the worse and left many feeling powerless to fight back – that ends today,” Kolb said. “As a proud native New Yorker, I believe in our state and I’ll stop at nothing to fix it. We deserve leadership that will foster growth in our economy and replace corruption with accountability. I’m running for Governor because I believe New York’s greatest days are ahead of us and, with the right leadership, we can make that happen now.”
Kolb will challenge the current governor, Democrat Andrew Cuomo in 2018.
More information on Kolb can be found here.
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WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A 64-year-old man was killed Monday night when he was struck by a vehicle in Williamsville.
Around 9:30 p.m., Amherst police say the man was walking across a parking lot on Main St. when he was hit by a 23-year-old Buffalo woman.
The pedestrian, later identified as Williamsville resident Michael Boncore, was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
The woman who hit him has not been charged.
Anyone with information relevant to the investigation can call police at (716) 689-1311.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It has been almost three months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
As of Tuesday morning, only 64 percent of the island has power.
News 4 and the Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund Committee have teamed up to help the thousands of people in Puerto Rico that are still struggling.
This Wednesday, we’re hosting a live telethon from Noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network.
A portion of donations raised will stay in western New York to help those who have relocated to our area.