CLEANUP BEGINS AFTER HEAVY SNOWFALL
Area motorists and residents were at a standstill late Thursday and early Friday.
Heavy snows battered the north county as well as portions of Cattaraugus County that led to driving bans and even hindered newspaper deliveries around the region. As of this afternoon, the snow had stopped, but the plows remained out in full force after some areas had more than a foot and a half of snow.
So rough were the roads that a town of Hanover plow was in a ditch around 6 this morning for more than two hours at King and Dennison roads.
Also dangerous were downed trees and power lines in Dunkirk and Fredonia. A few outages were reported this afternoon affecting around 45 residences in the north county. More than 2,000 were without power on Thursday evening in the city.
Even Internet was affected for a number of area Netsync customers. DFT Communications reported this morning multiple major fiber transport links were damaged by the heavy snowfall and falling trees. Service was down from 10 a.m. to around 1:30 p.m. in some locations.
Forestville received the heaviest snowfall totals included: Forestville, 22 inches; Perrysburg, 21; Eden, 20.4; Dunkirk, 18; Brocton, 17; Fredonia, 16; Silver Creek, 14.3; and Ripley at 12 inches.
With the storm now over, a slow melt will begin. Sun and clouds will be in the forecast for the weekend with temperatures in the mid 30s.