Winter Weather Expected To Hit County Monday Morning

Snow and freezing rain is expected to hit Chautauqua County on Monday morning, creating potentially icy roads for morning commutes.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Monday from 2 a.m. through 1 p.m. for all of Western New York and northern parts of Pennsylvania.

Snow, freezing rain and sleet is expected, with the potential of 1 to 2 inches of accumulation. Ice could blanket roads, the NWS reported, with a tenth of an inch forecast.

Temperatures are expected to start off in the mid 20s before rising to almost 40 degrees by the afternoon.

Officials have warned of dangerous driving conditions during periods of freezing rain and sleet. Black ice on Interstate 86 in particular can lead to tricky driving.

“You have to know your surroundings,” said Jim Mitchell, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, recently. “If you notice a lot of melting snow one day then freezing temperatures the next, you should expect some slippery driving conditions.”

Said Sheriff Joe Gerace of ice-cover roads: “People simply need to be aware of what is going on and what conditions the roads are in.”