Once again the snow has proved tricky for residents traveling throughout the area Friday. While snowstorm "Nemo" did not find its way into our area completely, several accidents did.
According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, areas north of Chautauqua County received more snow. In the northern suburbs of Buffalo, a total of five to seven inches of snow fell. Near the Canadian border in Niagara County, there was much more snow with ranges between eight to 12 inches.
According to Meterologist Jon Hitchcock, the temperature dropped Friday afternoon.
OBSERVER Photos by Chip Riewaldt
Left: A two-car accident occurred Friday afternoon in the town of Pomfret on Route 5. Right: Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office responded to a rollover accident on Route 60 south of Laona.
"The temperature dropped very quickly so all that water on the roads froze," Hitchcock said.
He said the temperature at 2 p.m. was 32 degrees and by 7 p.m. that had dropped 12 degrees. Snow covered roads made for a slick travel conditions. Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies responded to a few accidents Friday afternoon.
One accident occurred on three-legged hill on Route 60 in the town of Pomfret which caused the vehicle to overturn.
Another accident occurred on Route 5 near the town of Pomfret and town of Portland border. An SUV and a car collided causing damage to both vehicles.
In a third incident, a car went into a ditch near the intersection of Routes 20 and 60 in the village of Fredonia.
Neither the Sheriff's Office nor the State Police released any information on any of the accidents Friday evening. Fredonia and Dunkirk police departments did not have any weather-related accidents to report.
Hitchcock said on Friday the snow was expected stop by midnight. In other parts of the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for New York state. More than 2,000 flights have also been canceled throughout the state.
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