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Snow in the metro will continue through the early evening until conditions become a bit less favorable for lake effect. Additional accumulation will be in the 1-2″ range before coming to an end which will make snow totals climb close to 6″. An increasing southwest wind will be primary concern by later tonight into Thursday. Later today, and into Thursday, the gusty wind will result in a bitter wind chill along with considerable blowing and drifting of the fresh powdery snow.
Thursday lake effect snow will once again develop for areas like the Buffalo metro. Another 1-2″ over the course of the day is expected. Winds will be strong once again with through most of the day. That will once again reduce visibility around the area and blowing and drifting snow will become an issue. By Thursday night, the weather will quiet down.
Overall, a quiet weather pattern will dominate the last half of the week along with varying amounts of cloudiness as temperatures slowly warm toward the weekend. The warming continues into this weekend. An approaching storm will start to produce some precipitation getting into Sunday night which may begin in the form of a wintry mix especially north of Buffalo, before changing to occasional rain showers on a windy and milder Monday. Rain increases later Monday night into early Tuesday and then changes to snow showers during the afternoon as colder air sweeps back into the region.
TONIGHT: Becoming Windy, Bitterly Cold Wind Chill, Blowing and Drifting Snow in open areas, Lake Effect comes to an End, Low: 10-17, Wind: SW 15-25 G40.
THURSDAY: Quite Windy, Bitter Wind Chill, Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Some local snow showers and blowing snow at times, mainly early, additional 1-2″ around Buffalo possible, High: 22-26, Wind: WSW 15-25 G35, Low: 23.
FRIDAY: Mostly to Partly Cloudy, Breezy, Not as Cold, High: 34, Low: 30.
SATURDAY: Milder but still Breezy, Partly Sunny, High: 40, Low: 34.
SUNDAY: Mild, Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a Rain Shower developing, High: 42. Chance of Rain Showers overnight, possibly a wintry mix Buffalo-north, Low: 35.
MONDAY: Windy, Occasional Rain Showers, High: 47. Rain increases by evening, Low: 31.
TUESDAY: Windy, Turning Colder, Morning Mixed Showers change to Snow Showers, High: 35, Low: 24.
WEDNESDAY: Rather Cloudy, High: 29.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a study on recreational marijuana. He announced the request during a presentation of his executive budget for the 2019 fiscal year.
“Look at the health impact, the economic impact, the state of the law,” said Gov. Cuomo.
Gov. Cuomo didn’t elaborate on whether or not he supports a recreational program, he just said the state needs to have all the facts, especially as bordering states like Massachusetts legalize it.
He proposes the NYS Department of Health work with state police and other agencies to study how a regulated pot program would work.
“I was very pleased it wasn’t just a knee jerk reaction,” said Robin Mann, the executive director of the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
She believes legalizing marijuana could encourage more young people to use it.
“It sends the perception if it’s legal, it must be okay,” said Mann.
There are risks to the drug. According to Mann, a person’s brain develops until they’re 25 years old and there are studies showing marijuana can slow that development.
“Marijuana is still a gateway drug,” said Mann. “It alters the mind, it alters one’s mood, it has an impact on one’s body.”
She also has concerns about the public safety risk, saying it could increase motor vehicle crashes and hospital visits.
“I would really strongly encourage them to look at the big picture,” said Mann. “Not just at it from a financial standpoint but look at it from how it impacts the individuals and their families.
Some advocates for legalizing marijuana argue it could help minority communities.
“Locally we see that people of color make up 77 percent of arrests for marijuana possession, when they only make up 18 percent of the population and they use marijuana at slightly lower rates than their white counterparts,” said Max Anderson, the Director of Strategic Communications & Public Policy at the non-profit Open Buffalo.
Anderson said legalizing pot for adults over the age of 21 could help reduce incarceration rates.
“Those arrests for low level possession have devastating impacts on job prospects, on education, on families, separating families, and on your ability to get student loans,” he said. “To us the whole marijuana enforcement issue is a justice issue.”
John Coppola, the executive director of the State Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, told News 4 these are two separate aspects of the debate. He suggests lawmakers first look at whether it should be criminal to possess marijuana and then decide whether it should be available for recreational use.
He said he hopes the state takes “extreme caution” as it moves forward studying the positive and negative aspects of legalizing marijuana. Coppola wants lawmakers to consider the recent studies on the drugs addictive qualities, the public safety risk, and the effect on the criminal justice system.
The Governor’s study is still just a proposal at this point.
Gov. Cuomo’s announcement comes just one day after Republican gubernatorial candidate and former Erie County executive Joel Giambra announced he wants to see pot decriminalized and would use the revenue to pay for state infrastructure projects, if elected.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — News 4 has confirmed the commissioner of the Buffalo Police Department retired Wednesday.
Sources confirm to News 4’s Dave Greber, Daniel Derenda will pursue a private sector job.
Byron Lockwood, who is currently First Deputy Commissioner, is serving as interim commissioner.
Derenda was confirmed as commissioner in July 2010. He is a 31-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department.
Watch News 4 on Wednesday for further developments into this story.
ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) — An Alden man has been arrested after authorities say he shook his four-month-old baby.
Joseph Jurek, 28, was charged with assault, reckless assault of a child, criminal possession of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.
The baby suffered a serious brain injury.
Back in October, Jurek was charged after officials said about four pounds of marijuana and $3,800 cash was found in his home.
DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Dunkirk say a man accused of robbery was found hiding in a washing machine.
According to police, Fernando Martinez Jr., 37, forcibly stole cash from someone on the afternoon of November 8, and hurt them in the process.
The washing machine police say Martinez was found in was at his Lincoln Ave. residence.
He was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with robbery and assault.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A community in Connecticut is remembering a 10-year-old boy. He died after coming to Buffalo for a hockey tournament. Health officials in his hometown are now blaming the flu for his death.
The boy’s name is Nico Mallozzi. He plays for the Connecticut Roughriders. They played in four games around the Buffalo-area Friday and Saturday.
“He was absolutely a hockey player,” Bryan Luizzi told CBS affiliate WFSB. Luizzi is the superintendent of schools in New Canaan, Connecticut, Mallozzi’s hometown. “Everyone in the building knows Nico, knows who he is and just loved him. We’re really going to miss him.”
According to Dr. David Reed, the Director of Health in New Canaan, Mallozzi began feeling sick Thursday. But he still made the trip to Buffalo for the tournament.
It’s unclear whether Mallozzi attended any of his team’s games while he was in Buffalo. But staff at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in Amherst confirm that his team stayed in the hotel over the weekend. A manager tells News 4 their floor has been quarantined and sanitized. It could re-open as early as Tuesday night.
“He wanted to be with his team, and we know from all kinds of sports, even if you’re not playing, you try to be with your team,” Dr. Reed said.
Reed says while in Buffalo, Mallozzi was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital, which is where he was diagnosed with the flu. He was returning home to New Canaan, when an ambulance rushed him to a hospital in the Catskills. That’s where Reed says Mallozzi died.
“The report is that his death was consistent with the flu ‘type B’, complicated by pneumonia, which led to overwhelming infection, which we call sepsis,” Dr. Reed said.
“The proportion of ‘influenza B’ cases right now is a little bit higher than we typically see this time of year,” said Erie County Health Commissioner Gale Burstein.
Burstein says about a third of the cases reported right now are ‘type B’ cases. She also says it’s time for a flu shot, if you haven’t already received one.
This is a time where we really have to think seriously to make sure we are doing the right things to make sure that we and our families are fully protected against influenza,” Dr. Burstein said.
Dr. Reed tells us Mallozzi’s brother was also experiencing flu-like symptoms. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with expenses.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — For the first time in city history, people in Buffalo were able to speak their minds in a public hearing about how the city spends its money.
Tuesday night, city leaders held the first-of-its-kind public hearing on the city budget.
Dozens packed the Common Council chambers, and each person had three minutes to share their concerns, ranging from the education system to crime in the Queen City.
“I believe that our education system is lacking because I’ve experienced it first-hand, to see the resources other school districts have that our district doesn’t necessarily have,” Canisius College student Alex Montilla said.
India Walton, a resident of the Ellicott district, said “I don’t think that an invasive presence of police actually helps to effectively reduce crime. We’ve not seen a reduction of crime in Buffalo. I think that some things that will help reduce crime is actually giving people something to live for.”
Mayor Byron Brown will send his budget plan to the Common Council on May 1.