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A quick look at what's happening today in Western New York

This can't be winter. That snow, that cold, that wind on Wednesday -- that was winter. But today we're back to that other not-so-wintry season we've been having. The National Weather Service says temperatures should pop back up above freezing this afternoon, and those cloudy skies are more likely to give us a little bit of rain instead of a little bit of snow late this afternoon and this evening.

Skies should continue cloudy Friday, with a high near 40 and some light rain developing in the afternoon. If it changes back into snow showers overnight, there shouldn't be much accumulation.

Things are scheduled to clear up sometime Saturday, giving 2011 a sunny ending. High should be in the mid-30s. No rain or snow is expected on New Year's Eve, which is good news for anyone planning to be outside for the Ball Drop in downtown Buffalo.

Forecasters are predicting that the new year will start on an unseasonably mild note, with sun, clouds, a bit of a breeze and a few shots of rain on Sunday with a high in the mid-40s. Come Sunday night, however, winter is supposed to make a comeback, dropping temperatures into the 20s to begin what's likely to be the coldest stretch so far this season. When lows start hitting the teens Monday night, watch out for lake-effect snow.

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Chris Jacobs has been acting Erie County Clerk for a few weeks now -- he's already readjusted hours for the Auto Bureau office in Eastern Halls Mall -- but today he becomes official. He'll be sworn in by former Erie County Family Court Judge Joseph McCarthy at 10 a.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom in Old County Hall. Among the dignitaries expected to be on hand is former County Comptroller Nancy Naples.

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Why is the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's new budget $15 million in the red? Assemblyman Sean Ryan thinks there's more to it than just state aid cuts. In an 11 a.m. news conference at a bus stop at Baynes and West Ferry streets, he says he will call for more help from Albany to avert the drastic service cutbacks the NFTA is planning, along with a full operational review to see what can be done to keep this from happening again next year.

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Would the season be complete without a WWE Smackdown? Apparently not. Randy Orton, Christian, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Sin Cara, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Natalya and others bring the WWE Smackdown Holiday Tour to First Niagara Center for an evening of action that begins at 7:30. Tickets are $17.50 to $72.50.

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The University at Buffalo women's basketball team, 4-8, takes on NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), 5-6, in the first round of the Cyclone Challenge tournament in Ames, Iowa, tonight. Tip-off is at 6. Listen on WLVL 1340 AM. The winner of tonight's game goes up Friday against the winner of tournament's other contest between Iowa State, 7-2, and New Hampshire, 6-4.

Meanwhile, the Niagara University women, 3-8, play one of their biggest nonconference games of the season at 7 tonight against Syracuse, 9-4, in the Carrier Dome. Link to the YNN television broadcast by clicking the "details" link for the game on the game schedule list at

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Buffalo's Vincent Gallo has won plaudits for his role as a Taliban fighter who escapes from prison in Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski's political thriller, "Essential Killing." A second-place audience award winner in last fall's Buffalo International Film Festival, it's showing at 8:30 p.m. in the Screening Room in Northtown Plaza, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

[Published: December 28, 2011, 10:38 PM]

[Updated: December 29, 2011, 10:19 AM]