Winter snow covers all of Chautauqua County

The dead of winter

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey Most of Chautauqua County had some shoveling to do Sunday morning.

DUNKIRK — Chautauqua county was hit hard by a winter storm over the weekend, burying much of the area in snow, while blowing winds continue to bear down.

“We had quite a few car accidents and many more disabled motorists,” said State Police Captain Eric Balon. “There was nothing major, but the numbers were significantly higher than normal. We put on a lot of additional staff in anticipation.”

Snow totals for the weekend were impressive all around, ranging no more than a few inches apart across the region. “Based on the latest information that we have, we’re looking at eight to nine inches around Jamestown and Frewsburg,” said Meteorologist John Rozbicki. “There’s about a foot, foot and a half around Fredonia, Forestville and French Creek.”

The bitter wind was one of the more notable features of the weather this weekend as well.

“The windchills were bitter, -25 to -30 degrees below,” said Rozbicki. “Current wind speeds are northwest 15-20 mph, with gusts at 30-35 through (today). The bitter cold temperatures aren’t going anywhere. We saw highs at 10 degrees above (zero) on the Lake Erie shoreline, then five above to five below inland.”

OBSERVER Photo by J.M. Lesinski The Boardwalk in Dunkirk is seen Sunday evening, where ankle-deep snow was the result of this weekend’s winter storm.

Keeping warm and indoors during the inclement weather kept many off the road, as local police experienced very little in terms of accidents Sunday.

“There were no accidents (Sunday), it’s actually been fairly quiet,” said Dunkirk Police Officer Josh Kozlowski.

The situation is similar in Fredonia.

“Nothing too much has been going on,” said Fredonia Police Officer Steve Pacanowski. “There was one accident earlier (Sunday).”

With bitter cold temperatures here to stay, a reprieve from the snow is more than welcomed. “(Today) will be bitter cold, 5 to 15 degrees above depending on where you live,” said Rozbicki. “There will be lingering lake effect snow showers in the morning, accumulations under an inch. It’s certainly normal to get storms this time of year in January.”

OBSERVER Photo by Craig Harvey Many people in Chautauqua County had to shovel their cars out of snow Sunday morning.