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Good morning, Buffalo

Winter's let us off easy so far, but not today, says the National Weather Service, which has posted a winter weather advisory. A shot of arctic air is due to give us widespread blowing snow and stinging wind chills for the first time this season.

Temperatures are predicted to drop to 20 degrees before nightfall, with a strong westerly wind that could make it feel like zero. One to 3 inches of snow is forecast, but with all that wind, some places are likely to be bare and icy while others are drifted. Either way, driving is going to be tricky.

Snow should taper off overnight as temperatures bottom out in the mid- to upper teens. They should bounce back into the mid-30s by Thursday afternoon and stay there Thursday night as snow showers become rain showers again. Friday is likely to see rain showers by day and snow showers by night.

The restless weather is expected to settle down Saturday, which should be partly sunny and relatively tranquil, with highs in the mid-30s. It ought to be dry and mild for the Ball Drop on New Year's Eve.

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They applied. They interviewed. And today, one of them may become the new at-large member of the Buffalo Board of Education, replacing Chris Jacobs, who was elected Erie County clerk. The board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. in Room 801, City Hall, to make a decision. If the board does not appoint someone by Jan. 6, then, under state law, the decision goes to the mayor, who has 30 days to fill the seat.

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It's the third night of Kwanzaa, which emphasizes ujima, the Swahili word for collective work and responsibility. Queen Afua, New York City-based author of "Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind and Spirit," is keynote speaker for Buffalo's official Kwanzaa program at 7 p.m. in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. The program includes dance. It's free and open to the public.

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This morning, members of the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society will bring gifts they've collected to hospitalized children in the pediatric unit of the Deaconess Center in Buffalo on High Street, but the biggest thrill for the children may be something else they're bringing — dogs and cats from their veterinary clinics.

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Need a little more Christmas? Organist William Paul Freeman offers the "Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" with guest vocalists Jena Abati, a vocal studies student at the Eastman School of Music, and Steve Quebral, choir director at St. Josaphat's Church in Cheektowaga, at 7:30 p.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 5480 Main St., Williamsville. There will be a free-will offering for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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The menu at Just Vino, 846 Main St., gets a boost for the networking meeting of the Social Media Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Augmenting the usual offerings are delights from Lloyd, the taco truck, which can be paired with the wines. They're calling it TacoVino II. Admission is free, but you need to register. Go to

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Call him multi-talented. Clarence native Chad Michael Murray, best known for his work as an actor — he was Lucas Scott on the popular CW series "One Tree Hill" and had roles in movies such as "A Cinderella Story" and "House of Wax" — has produced a graphic novel, "Everlast." He returns home to sign copies at 7 p.m. in Barnes & Noble, 1565 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst.

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Big 4 basketball finds the men's and women's teams from Canisius College playing a doubleheader in the Koessler Athletic Center tonight. The women, 5-5, come on first at 5:15 to wind up their non-conference schedule against Cornell, 3-6. The men, who are 2-9, take on Binghamton, 0-10, at 7:30 p.m. Time Warner SportsNet is broadcasting both games on tape delay. Meanwhile, the University at Buffalo men, 6-3, are visiting Temple, 7-3. Tip-off is at 7. Listen on WECK 1230 AM. Follow live video at

[Published: December 27, 2011, 11:49 PM]

[Updated: December 28, 2011, 7:39 AM]

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