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Blizzard Warning Continues

Jan 7, 2014|

Meteorologist Bill Hibbert

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  1. Cong. Brian Higgins- NFL TV Blackout Tonight

    Thu, 28 Aug 2014

    Another game blacked out tonight for local Buffalo Bills fans. As the final pre season game did not sell out congressman Brian Higgins has been lobbying hard to end the blackouts is on the WB my congressman good morning. Are we gonna have to endure another season of this. Well hopefully. The single handedly equal recognize that the black oval it's unfair to fans support. I directly aimed directly to the tax dollars. That he mentally and by extension. When you know we talk to a couple of weeks ago with one of the FCC commissioners sheet to. Agree that the blackouts should end now with that said congressman. When do you think the FCC is going to take a vote on this. I think it will be your vote this September. nothing to eliminate the black couple then went into public comment period. And commissioner outcry came to buffalo to announce that he would support. An elimination of the FCC rule that requires cable companies to abide by the week's black out policy. That you can remind yourself like a policies mr. professional sport. You know all the teams can that be televised to the fast velocity two hours before the start thinking. So we you know we think it's a forty year old rule and all of the public comment has been taking there's no evidence to support. You know any financial loss on the part of civil war the certificates The question. When that they have and I think they've the FCC elimination of school. Will be a major step toward. And he missed like a policy altogether. cool does benefit from the blackout or initially when it when it. Went into place forty years ago who benefited. I guess the teams did because the teams with the writing most of their revenue from ticket that the longer the case now with television talent in advertising. They think these principles of marketing here reached frequencies so. You know why would lead one fans by not having. By blocking access attitude team because that's a big part. I'm building a loyal fan base success possible deals and making sure absolutely definitely has done. So I just think you know at the wanna be told what to do but when you consider the 75%. 75%. In the stadium improvements throughout the confined to protect our it seems to me that fans are being harmed by these antiquated policy. Had the Federal Communications Commission recognizes that and and believe in that it recognizes as well. You know on the issue of fans being harmed by this policy in the past two really be driven home here in buffalo congressman don't you think because. We are considered a small national football League City. And we have a stadium that's much bigger in capacity than other a big cities around the country and trying to. A sellout of pre season game is not that easy around here. That's director of the league average if for general feeling is that 67 dollars and Ralph Wilson Stadium currently. 73000. The 6000 more. Purging to a point black out. And but let you know as you know the figure this team's performance ahead to carry very loyal fan base. Can't and they also support. So the team through their tax dollars but forty adding to the economic depression or changing economics the NFL has changed. And then I get surprised with the NFL and for their own self interest. Has been limited to black out war altogether because when you really. You know do a thorough review update. There's no evidence to support the black don't rule is beneficial and there's clear evidence that is harmful analyst opinions but that is the team's bottom line so again I think it's the team whether it's legal ground at this. Sooner rather than later but I think this SEC rule elimination could be very very important in this and objectives. If the FCC does vote in September to end the black would it be immediate or is there another layer of votes that need. Need I need is somewhere else. The gonna have to come around this would this would remove the federal government's role in requiring cable companies to abide by black hole. So it wouldn't be eliminated altogether but we think it's a major major piece that one's that temple was eliminated this leak will be forced to. I'll look at you look at this old antiquated rule which goes back 1970. Tree actually. Congressman we're glad you could join us thanks for the update. Congressman Brian Higgins.


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Let's head of the National Weather Service buffalo were -- weather station where meteorologist bill or to stand about a challenge them on our weather good morning bill aren't. Good morning good morning but went -- -- betrayed the world and say OK you whereas the storm right -- it was enough to. Right now we've got places set a very solid and steady band of lake effect snow from Angola actually from about two. The -- of cataract creek it's over creek right up -- -- of one of an inland all the way all the way to the. How has this been moved. Did it -- much during the night and where do you see it moving in the next few hours. It has not much move move much through the night it's been fairly -- their right up about two south buffalo. In the metro area here but really really hammering the south towns Hamburg Orchard Park west Seneca. Always crossed all the places this. On inward to central Genesee County felt all right about an inch an hour maybe two inches an hour now as we're getting into the early. The morning crawl time noted could be driving. And so be seeing that note is continuing through the day. Bill how about the wins where we stand in the wind situation. Wins that the second shoe to drop here we're looking at winds of 38 miles an hour here at the airport dropping wind -- about a minus 26. Even worse on the lakeshore Buffalo's. -- site down there at the Coast Guard gusting to 53 miles an hour. So it's absolutely. Arctic polar bear down on the waterfront. Wind -- across here again in the minus 25 to rearrange minus 35 to get down towards Jamestown. Bill do you see the -- possibly pushing into the metro area and north towns again. There could be a flight. Movement to the north then maybe into central buffalo amendment -- the Cheektowaga. Area but not much farther north and Matt I don't feel really going into the north com. But it's it's really going to be impacting all of the travel any any travel through the area's going to be an -- would halt. Bill -- unofficial snow totals from any towns and villages. It's sort of hard to tell because of the way the wind's been blowing snow. It is very very difficult if not impossible to measure of bill because it just it's there it's re distributing it across the real estate and that it's. Horizontal or Donald smoke so the measurement. Really we're looking at -- probably -- so far maybe eighteen inches. And some of the parts of especially get down toward -- and Hamburg. Even in the Orchard Park. But again. It's it's next to impossible we're going to be looking at drifts that are going to be an excess of five feet six feet in areas that my people -- now. Now a blizzard warning is something that has not been issued here. In a long time -- many years. Twenty years. And there are blizzard conditions -- their absolute. Played out. Zero visibility you you couldn't across the street. I drove into work at midnight I could not see the cars in front of me. Of for just look for a club -- you know this car there somewhere and we're trying to pry it from Orchard Park. The -- and -- lose the -- and the cycle so we have a blizzard warning for all of Erie county. I can see Wyoming counties we're looking at that through the day windchill warning would wind chills of minus 25. Even colder again -- those winds gusting to fifty mile an -- down on lake front wind will be picking up through today. Absolute blizzard conditions and and and bitterly cold dangerously cold wind chills. -- will continue through today and we will likely end up pushing that into the night as well. Bill I know our listeners are grateful for that update thank you. Just everyone -- stay home safe safe we will meteorologist bill heard that the airport weather station.

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