Remember Me? Snow Makes A Return To County

Jack Frost once again assaulted Chautauqua County Wednesday, covering the Jamestown area in 6 to 10 inches of snow as plows battled to keep the roadways clear.

“We were hit pretty hard around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning,” said Jeff Lehman, director of the Department of Public Works. “So, we got a little behind there trying to keep up with that.”

Depending on when the snow hits, the DPW can have a harder time keeping the roads clear. Lehman said if the snow falls in the morning and before the lunchtime rush it can take eight to 12 hours to clean up the city. Snow falling overnight gives the plows time to clean up the streets before the morning traffic. Cars not moved by 10 a.m. to the opposite side of the street also make a plower’s job harder, resulting in a poorly plowed street or one not plowed at all.

The DPW continues to be well-stocked in salt, despite using a good amount of it this year already.

“So far we haven’t had any problem getting it and maintaining our salt supply,” Lehman said.

Lehman said Jamestown hasn’t really experienced this type of cumulative snow for the past two to three years, and drivers need to get used to driving in the snow again.

According to Jason Franklin, meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Buffalo, light snow or flurries will be expected in the early morning hours today followed by a dry stretch of weather for the next few days until Sunday.

Temperatures will hover around the 20s – today the high will be 18 degrees Fahrenheit and Friday will drop to 16 degrees before rising to 22 degrees on Saturday. Temperatures in the morning will range from 0 to 5 degrees above.

“Wind chills could get down to 5 and 15 below zero,” Franklin said. “Especially at night when there are colder temperatures.”

CANCELLATION

The February meeting of Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs, was cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The meeting was intended to foster a discussion of ways to support children with disabilities who are bullied at school.