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High pressure will keep sunshine and dry weather around much of Sunday, bumping temperatures into the 40s, feeling quite mild in the afternoon. After a tranquil night, changes come starting Monday. While it will still be mild, an area of low pressure moving into the Great Lakes will bring periods of wet snow or a mix, turning to just snow in the evening as colder air takes hold. This pattern gets hung up most of the week, with periods of snow continuing from Monday night through Thursday. This will cause snow total amounts will slowly begin to add up.
As colder air filters in Wednesday and Thursday, some occasional lake enhancement may bring accumulations up several inches, mainly on hilly terrain. Temperatures will be progressively colder as we reach the midweek and lateweek period. In general, ski resorts will get help from nature with accumulating snow + favorable snow-making conditions. With that in mind, ski conditions next weekend should be much improved. Even colder air can return next weekend before temperatures moderate the following week.
SUNDAY: Mostly Sunny, slight afternoon breeze. Unseasonably mild. S 5-10/10-20PM, High: 41-46.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Turning cloudy, calmer. Slight chance of some mixed showers arriving close to dawn. Low: 28-32.
MONDAY: A mix of wet snow, sleet, and rain at times. Eventually turning to periods of wet snow later in the day. Still mild. SE 6-12, High: 37-42. Periods of snow overnight, with some slushy accumulation later on. Low: 28.
TUESDAY: Periods of Snow with some modest slushy accumulation. High: 33-37. Low: 19-24.
WEDNESDAY: Periods of Snow, somewhat colder. Chance of some lake snow mainly south. High: 26-30, Low: 11-16.
THURSDAY: Snow showers, chance of some lake effect mainly south. Colder. High: 18, Low: 11.
FRIDAY: Mainly Cloudy. Chance of snow showers. High: 21, Low: 9.
SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and quite cold, chance of some lake effect snow. High: 13, Low: 7.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Each year, millions of people around the world turn on their TVs on a February evening and take in some top-notch football when the best two teams in the NFL battle for the Super Bowl.
During the big game, hundreds of new commercials will air – some funny, others emotional, all trying to be memorable. A few commercials are already receiving rave reviews. Axe and Suntrust are two companies featuring people with disabilities in their ads which will air during Super Bowl 50.
“I think it’s great that people with disabilities are finally showing up in Super Bowl commercials,” said Doug Farley, the Museum of disABILITY History Director. “Through things like commercials, people will become more aware of the people around us that we may over look each day.”
“To see it on TV at such a national spotlight – a big national spotlight,” starts Christina McCormick “I think it’ll help educate people a little more.”
McCormick is hoping for that education because she’s seen what it’s like for someone living with a disability.
“It’s hard for some people,” said Connor, Christina’s 12-year-old son.
Connor has a few different disabilities including Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD.
“He said kids were looking at him,” said Christina, remembering a moment that happened a few weeks ago in Connor’s middle school. “He said they were talking about me and he said I just feel like a big loser.”
Words a mother never wants to hear her son say.
“It’s really, really hard,” said Christina. “His tears are flowing’ mine are flowing.”
The McCormick’s find support through others with disabilities, like Susan Conners. She has Tourette Syndrome, too. She wasn’t diagnosed until she was 36-years-old and when she was, she formed an organization called Tourette Syndrome Association of Greater NY State. When it started, the group had seven members; today, there are more than 800 active families.
“Tourettes is one of those disorders that is not as well known and understood,” said Conners. “It has its ups and downs. It has its good days and bad days. I’ve had it for so many days now. It’s just part of me.”
She said she is excited for commercials featuring people with disabilities to debut during the Super Bowl.
“Any time we can incorporate people with disabilities into — I know a lot of shows have done it but the Super Bowl — that’s just such an opportunity.”
An opportunity this Western New York support community hopes will start conversations and garner acceptance for everyone living with disabilities.
“They’re [people with disabilities] maybe a little different but they’re just like you and me,” said Christina.
“We’re not defined by our disability,” said Conners. “We’re defined by who we are.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Residents in Western New York are again the target of phony IRS calls.
The Erie County Sheriff’s office is warning residents that these calls are a scam. The Sheriff’s office received numerous calls Saturday morning reporting callers claiming to be agents, officers or officials of the IRS. These callers can be very persuasive, even threatening to those who are skeptical.
A real call from the IRS will never be threatening, according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“The scammers, the way they are threatening people, is not the way we do business,” Koskinen said. “We will never ask people to make a payment, and demand it on the phone. Even if you expect to hear from us, that is not the way we do it.”
The first time the IRS contacts those with back taxes or issues is always by a letter, Koskinen said. So if a letter hasn’t been received — he said the calls are almost guaranteed to be fake.
Calls like this circulate the area frequently. New York State has set up a website for residents to report impersonation scams, tax evasion schemes and identity theft. That website can be found by clicking this link.
The Better Business Bureau has also set up a scam tracker website where you can search and report scams in your area. That website can be found by clicking here.
Common scams people are encouraged to report include the following:
VILLAGE OF PERRY, N.Y. (WIVB)- Borden avenue was closed by State Police for a majority of Saturday.
A 33 year-old woman died sometime in the overnight hours and was discovered in her Borden avenue home this morning.
The woman’s body was sent to the Monroe County medical examiners office for an autopsy.
The circumstances of her death are still unknown and under investigation at this time.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in front of a Jim’s Steakout Saturday morning.
Buffalo Police responded to the shooting on Main Street near Minnesota Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Detectives say a 31 year-old Buffalo man was struck by gunfire just outside the front door of the restaurant and then driven to ECMC in a private vehicle.
Police say the incident appears to be targeted in nature. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255.
NEW YORK (AP modified) — New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people’s sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what’s known as “gay conversion” therapy.
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for new regulations Saturday. They will bar New York insurers from covering the therapy for minors and will prohibit mental health facilities under state jurisdiction from offering it to minors.
“Conversion therapy is a hateful and fundamentally flawed practice that is counter to everything this state stands for,” said Governor Cuomo. “New York has been at the forefront of acceptance and equality for the LGBT community for decades – and today we are continuing that legacy and leading by example. We will not allow the misguided and the intolerant to punish LGBT young people for simply being who they are.”
It’s not immediately clear how many insurers or facilities statewide provide the coverage or therapy now.
States including California, New Jersey and Illinois have banned conversion therapy. But efforts to ban it have failed in other states, including Colorado.
Opponents of conversion therapy say it has been discredited and can harm young people. Supporters say banning it limits treatment options.
State Senator Tim Kennedy, 63rd District released the following statement Saturday afternoon.
“Vulnerable young people deserve safeguards against the harmful practice of conversion therapy, which has been shown to cause long-term damage to the physical and mental health of individuals subjected to it. Physicians, mental health practitioners, counselors and the organizations that represent them have long discredited and condemned the use of conversion therapy, which is why I have cosponsored legislation in the Senate that would ban this practice. It’s time the state heed the call to protect New York’s youth, and I applaud Governor Cuomo for taking action to effectually ban this disproven, ineffective and harmful practice. With this action, we’re one step closer to fostering an environment of support and acceptance worthy of the great diversity of the Empire State.”
Assemblyman Sean Ryan released the statement below.
“I commend Governor Cuomo for taking bold action today to protect LGBTQ youth in New York State from harmful conversion therapy. It is now well established that sexual orientation and gender identity cannot and should not be changed. By taking action today, Governor Cuomo is sending a strong message that New York State will not allow medical professionals to conduct dangerous experiments which inflict long-lasting damage upon LGBTQ youth. The Assembly acted last year to permanently ban conversion therapy, and we will do so again this year. The State Senate needs to step up to the plate to pass a ban during this legislative session, so that the actions Governor Cuomo has taken can be permanently codified in New York State law.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The FBI is seeking additional information in connection with the arrest of Robert Pritchett of Buffalo.
“We’re confident that there are other victims out there,” said Buffalo FBI special agent in charge Adam Cohen.
The FBI wants to hear from anyone who may have come in contact with Pritchett, both locally and across the country.
The 20 year-old Pritchett is charged with sex trafficking of minors, and with production, receipt and possession of child pornography.
“Through his activity online we have reason to believe he’s been in contact with numerous females throughout the entire country,” Cohen says.
In a rare move the FBI released his photo and a list of profiles that he’s accused of using online.
List of monikers the FBI says Pritchett used:
Pritchett was arrested and charged this week.
The criminal complaint details two alleged incidents; one involving a 15 year old local girl and another involving a 17 year old girl who authorities say traveled to the area.
“What’s interesting is that one of those monikers was actually a female’s name. So there is always the possibility that he may have used that online persona to entice not just females but there could be male victims out there as well,” Cohen added.
Pritchett was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Wednesday and remanded in federal custody.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information about Pritchett to contact their local FBI office.