Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday defended comments he made over the weekend that suggested the National Weather Service did not accurately predict the lake effect snowstorm that crippled western New York last week.

Cuomo, on Sunday, said preparations were hampered in part by an incorrect forecast from the regional weather service.

“We didn’t have notice of the snow coming down the way it did, and the information we had was wrong,” Cuomo said.

The National Weather Service in the area predicted at least three feet of snow in advance of the storm.

NWS on Saturday predicted there would be 1-to-2 feet of snow or more, and by Sunday, the service was predicting a blizzard, with at least two feet of snow predicted. And by 3:45 p.m. on Monday, the NWS forecast was 2 to 3 feet, with snowfall rates of at least five inches an hour being predicted.

Meteorologists around the state blasted Cuomo’s remarks, as did the Today Show’s Al Roker.

Today, Cuomo said he didn’t mean to criticize NWS, but added he wanted the state’s own weather forecasting service to provide even more information in order to prepare for extreme events going forward.

“To the extent any weather forecaster felt they were criticized was not the intention,” Cuomo said at a press briefing while flanked by U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

He added the state-based weather service will be able to anticipate rising flood levels as well as storms that threaten New York.

“We will have more sensors than what the National Weather Service has in this state,” Cuomo said, adding it would be more “sophisticated” than what NWS has to offer.

Meanwhile, flooding in the area after unseasonably warm temperatures has not been as widespread as anticipated.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said there has been “virtually no flooding” in his city.

Attention will now turn toward damage assessment in western New York and whether the state will qualify for federal aid. The threshold for aid is $27 million in damage, but Cuomo said he expects to reach that number.

“We need the response from FEMA,” Cuomo said. “We need it fast and we need to get our fair share.”