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Snow will stick around, with little accumulation

There will be snow in the air throughout the upcoming Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, forecasters say, but not much more accumulating on the ground.

Five inches fell at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga during the region-wide snowstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday. Spotters reported 6 inches in Perrysburg and 8 inches in Lockport.

Snow showers today and tonight are expected to produce less than an inch of new snow in most places, the National Weather Service says. It's likely to continue that way Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If a lake effect squall hits the Buffalo area Friday night and Saturday, meteorologists think that the increasing ice cover on Lake Erie probably will tone it down.

It's expected to be colder than normal throughout the weekend, especially today, when temperatures probably won't break out of the teens. Below-zero windchills are predicted. After that, daily highs should be in the mid to upper 20s and overnight lows in the teens.

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Board designates Russ its interim superintendent

East Aurora's new acting school superintendent is Brian Russ, currently the district's director of instructional technology and chief information officer.

The School Board on Wednesday night voted, 6-0, to appoint Russ to the interim post, effective Feb. 19. He is stepping in after Superintendent James Bodziak leaves to become Frontier's school chief.

As acting superintendent through the end of the school year, Russ will be paid a $10,000 stipend in addition to his current salary of $100,500 and benefits. Russ has worked for East Aurora schools since 2004.

"He is an experienced, articulate professional who will provide enthusiastic leadership to the district," board President Daniel Brunson said.

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Programs and free admission slated for holiday Monday

The Buffalo Museum of Science will offer free admission and special programs Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hours for the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will hold a Health & Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring chair massages from the New York Institute of Massage, dental screenings by the University at Buffalo Smile Team, ambulance tours by Rural/Metro and an Upstate New York Transplant Services blood drive.

At 11 a.m., there will be a community conversation sponsored by the New York Council on the Humanities about how the holiday is a chance to talk about public service and civic involvement.

The museum also will show its current 3D films, "Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia" and "BUGS! 3D" at alternating hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the films is $3 for one movie and $5 for both for non-members, $2 per film for members.

For information, call 896-5200 or visit www.sciencebuff.org.

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