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WESTERN NEW YORK HAS A COLD, WHITE CHRISTMAS

It looked a lot like Christmas Saturday -- a white Christmas.

Except in most of Niagara and Orleans counties, one to two inches of snow blanketed Western New York.

It felt a lot like winter, too, as 20- to 30-mph winds dropped overnight temperatures into the midteens, according to the National Weather Service.

And although the day's high temperature was 25 degrees, the wind made it feel more like 4 below zero, the Weather Service saide.

Snow began falling at about 11 a.m. Saturday, said meteorologist Mike Pukajlo, although no areas were hit hard.

"It wasn't one of those lake-effect events where somebody got slammed and somebody escapes," he said. "For the most part, snow blanketed extreme southern Niagara County and Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties."

One to three more inches are expected today, but that still puts the average snowfall way below normal, Pukajlo said.

"Wind chills will continue Sunday into Monday with periods of snow, and again it will be a general snowfall throughout the entire region," he said.

"But we're almost 21 inches below normal for the season. Like last year's snow season, we had an exceptionally snow-free November and December, and then after Christmas and New Year's, we got hammered consistently for about a two-week period. So you never know."

Slippery roads were a nuisance Saturday and kept the Erie County Sheriff's Department occupied, said dispatcher Joe Sajdak.

"We had a lot of calls for salt and sand. So we were quite busy in that aspect," he said.

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