Not So Fast

Once again, a winter storm has fallen on Jamestown, resulting in cancellations and car accidents.

The Southern Tier’s latest wintery blast was due to moisture gathering over Kansas from the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and sweeping north and northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Slippery roads made for hazardous driving conditions Wednesday, leaving one injured after two vehicles collided at the intersection of Fifth and North Main streets in Jamestown. Another accident occurred at the corner of North Main and Second streets, but no one was injured.

Frewsburg, Falconer and Southwestern schools sent their students home early, while nine other schools called school off completely.

The winter storm has been called “Vulcan” by several media outlets.

“We’re just calling it a blizzard,” said David Zaff, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

However, Zaff said the bulk of Chautauqua County wasn’t in the path of the storm.

Up to 10 inches of snow fell on the shores of Lake Ontario, with accumulations of roughly 6 inches in Jamestown, and between 7 and 8 inches toward the northern part of Chautauqua County.

“From Ripley to Westfield and up to Rochester, it has been a winter wonderland, or a winter nightmare,” Zaff said, adding that municipalities closest to the Great Lakes got slammed the hardest. “This is it for excitement for a while.”

As the storm moves east, northern New England could see as much as 2 to 3 feet of total snowfall accumulation by the end of Thursday, according to The Weather Channel.

Zaff said wind chill temperatures will be between minus 10 to minus 15 in Jamestown during the early morning hours today, with a high of 14 degrees in the afternoon.

Spring-like temperatures will return Friday with a high near 42 degrees and a chance of rain before 10 p.m. For Saturday, expect a high of 40 degrees with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.

Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 24 degrees.

The third of this season’s storms was different from January’s two winter blasts, which came south out of Canada and brought subzero temperatures and wind chills well below zero degrees.

The lowest recorded temperature for March 13 in Jamestown was minus 13 degrees in 1984.

The highest recorded temperature for today’s date in history was 78 degrees, which was in 1990, according to weather tracking site Weather Underground.

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