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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 wind chills are predicted. After that, daily highs should be in the mid to upper 20s and overnight lows in the teens, dipping into single digits on the Southern Tier.

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Castellani Art Museum set to introduce public tours

LEWISTON -- The Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University will begin a series of free public tours at 2 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month, beginning this weekend.

The 30- to 40-minute tour will include an overview of the contemporary art museum's current exhibitions plus "Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara."

The once-a-month tours, led by a docent, will help visitors to know the museum in greater depth and to see the latest exhibitions. Reservations are not required. Participants should meet at the museum's reception desk where each tour will begin promptly at 2 p.m.

Additional tours are scheduled Feb. 19, March 19 and April 16. The museum is open free of charge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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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 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday provides 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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