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Buffalo has landslide lead in Weather Channel poll; Wilcots back for Bills finale

The weather joke could be on The Weather Channel on Christmas Day and not Buffalo.

Naturally, Buffalo has “a landslide lead” in a poll to get plenty of air time on The Weather Channel on Christmas.

That was the word Tuesday from a spokesperson for The Weather Channel.

Buffalo was one of five cities chosen for The Weather Channel online contest, "Who Gets a White Christmas?”

Our area was a heavy favorite competing against Chicago, Philadelphia, Omaha and Little Rock to get the right to be the location of a series of holiday-themed segments that will air throughout TWC’s live shows on Christmas Day and Friday.

How heavy a favorite? As I said a week ago, about as heavy as seven feet of snow on a roof in November.

Considering the November storm is still etched in viewers’ memories, it is no surprise that Buffalo has a huge lead Tuesday in a Weather Channel online poll asking “Which of these cities will get the most snow this Christmas?”

I was unable to get an update this morning from TWC spokesperson.

A week ago, the spokesperson said that on Christmas Day and Friday, TWC will share the results of the poll on air and focus much of its winter coverage around the winning city. What would Buffalo win?

“We will give the winning city a lot of on-air focus and attention during those two days” on “Wake Up with Al,” “AMHG (America’s Morning Headquarters), “Weather Center Live” and on weather.com., the Weather Channel spokesperson said a week ago.

But considering it could approach 60 degrees in Buffalo this morning and the new ice rink at Canalside had to be closed Tuesday because of the near record high temperatures, the laughs could be on The Weather Channel Thursday unless things change very quickly.

The bigger weather issue here on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is expected to be high winds and not snow, according to forecasters.

According to The Weather Channel, snowflakes have fallen on five of the past 10 Christmases in Buffalo and the area has experienced a White Christmas for seven of the past 10 years. Unless there is a Christmas surprise, forecasters suggest it looks like it will be seven out of 11 Thursday.

CBS has announced that Spero Dedes will be on play-by-play and Solomon Wilcots will be the analyst for the Buffalo Bills season finale with the New England Patriots on Sunday. It is the third time they have worked a Bills game. We can only hope that Wilcots has learned by now that Bills Coach Doug Marrone isn’t an aggressive play-caller and actually has been criticized for being too conservative, especially in fourth down and short yardage situations.

apergament@buffnews.com

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