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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Crazy Snow Wall Descends on Buffalo [Video]

No, this is not a promotional video for "The Day After Tomorrow."

This is an actual time-lapse video of the skyline in Buffalo. The imposing white wall pictured is lake-effect snow, which blew in from Lake Erie and ravaged the city Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Hazardous Travel Warning Issued by National Weather Service for Greater Grand Rapids, West Michigan [Video]

Winter officially does not arrive until next month, but it sure feels like it's already here, doesn't it?

The National Weather Service's Grand Rapids Office has issued a winter storm warning in effect from this afternoon through 9 p.m. Tuesday. The bottom lines: heavy lake-effect and blowing snow.

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Grand Rapids First Snowfall of the Season Caught on Timelapse!

I'm probably the only person in Grand Rapids who's been excited for the return of winter to town.  I know I'm certainly the only person in the building who's excited.

So ready, that I set up my GoPro in the window here at work, to catch the first snowfall to come down in downtown GR last night.  We've had little flurries, like the other day and on Halloween, but nothing that sat on the ground and stuck for a bit.

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Craig O'Neal
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Free Beer & Hot Wings: NBC’s Brian Williams Sets the Record Straight On the Peeing Weatherman [Video]

We posted a video this week that showed an awkward moment during a weather report on "The NBC Nightly News."

Anchor Lester Holt threw it to the weatherman in the field, The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel. However, because of some technical difficulties, Seidel was not able to hear him. He was standing with his back to the camera and it looked like he was peeing in the North Carolina snow.

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Rachel Kramer
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Lake Effect: Grand Rapids’, West Michigan’s Winter 2014-15 Weather Forecast [Video]

After last winter, many us are approaching this winter with caution.

Today probably didn't help: snow on Halloween?

The National Weather Service's winter weather forecast is out. All we can say is make sure those snow blowers and shovels are ready if you live, work and/or play -- not to mention drive or travel -- between U.S. 131 and the Lake Michigan shore in greater Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

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Johnnie’s TBT – Meeting Metallica in 1997

Today is the anniversary of Metallica's black album release, so I figured I try this throwback Thursday thing for once.

This doesn't go back to '92, but '97, when Metallica was touring for the Load album, before Reload came out.  I got the chance to hit a couple shows, as I was part of a station event where we gave away a trip to Phoenix for the Metallica show on January 5th, and then we raced back for the show in Las Cruces on January 6th.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Philadelphia Reporter Destroyed by Snow Plow [Video]

Meet Steve Keeley. Steve Keeley, meet these snow plows.

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Free Beer & Hot Wings: Farmer in Minnesota Builds 50-Foot Tall Snowman [Video]

For the last month and a half, Foley farmer Greg Novak has been busy building a 50-foot tall snowman.

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Winter 2013-14 Second Snowiest on Record in Grand Rapids

It's the second snowiest winter on record in Grand Rapids and it's not over yet.

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Cardboard Bobsleds Successfully Crashed Down the Cannonsburg Hillside Today

Today's Cardboard Bobsled event at Cannonsburg was something I've been looking forward to for quite a while now!  What could be more fun than a bunch of people out on a hill, building bobsleds from cardboard and duct tape, not caring if the thing really held up on the way down the slope?

Thanks to everyone who came out and had fun with us today!  More than 50 bobsleds raced at least partway down the slope, creatively decorated and with people in costume, to the amusement of all.

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Time-Lapse of Snow Hammering Away Makes Me Long for Summer [Video]

Snow is falling hard and fast around the country this winter, but not as fast as it is in this video.

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Best Way to Cancel School [Video]

I am just stumbling upon this video now and it cracked me up!

These two school officials decided when making the announcement to cancel school they would spice it up with some rap.

Check out the video to see what I mean.

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