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Dream no more, Irving Berlin fans:

It's Christmas, and it's white for the second year in a row.

How white depends on where you are.

Southern Erie, northern Chautauqua, southern Genesee and northern Wyoming counties got a blast of lake-effect snow Monday afternoon and evening, leaving up to a foot in some areas and causing several accidents. The wandering band of snowsqualls was expected to pass through Buffalo overnight.

The temperature, which was expected to dip to around 10 overnight, should rebound to a high of 20 early today and then drop off into the teens, the weather service said.

There's a chance of more snow tonight. The low will be in the single digits to the teens. Wednesday's high should be around 20, and temperatures could reach 40 by Saturday. Crisis Services reported a slight increase in calls from people looking for shelter from the cold Monday.

"I don't know what it's going to be like the next few days," a spokeswoman said. "So far we've been able to place everyone."

"Everybody wanted a white holiday," meteorologist Ed Reich of the National Weather Service said.

What the South Towns got was "typical snowsquall activity," with cold air picking up moisture as it rushed over a warm Lake Erie, he said.

"Boy it dumped!" said Hamburg Highway Superintendent Richard A. Smith, who noted the town got 8 to 10 inches Monday afternoon.

Visibility was so bad, he said, that he ordered plows off the roads for three hours.

Area police agencies reported "blizzard-like" conditions and numerous cars sliding off routes 219 and 400.

Areas to the north of Buffalo were not spared winter weather. Icy roads are being blamed on an accident that injured a Barker woman and her son in Lockport.

Toni Ann Saladin, 36, of Haight Road was in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center Monday evening. Blaine Saladin, 7, was in fair condition in Children's Hospital. Both were flown by Mercy Flight from Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Shanley said a van operated by Debora Campbell, 33, of Carmen Road, Middleport, was eastbound on Ridge Road near Day Road at 11:33 a.m. when it skidded on ice into the westbound lane, striking the Saladin station wagon head-on.

Ms. Campbell was treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital and released. Ms. Saladin's daughter Tara, 6, was treated in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital and released.

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