Hundreds Without Power As Snow Blankets Region

Hundreds of National Grid customers were without power Friday morning after a winter storm dumped several inches of snow throughout the Southern Tier and Western New York. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

More than a thousand customers were without power Friday morning after several inches of snow fell throughout the region. The bulk of power outages, according to National Grid, were in the Brocton and Portland areas.

Other outages were reported in and around the towns of Busti, North Harmony, Ellery, Mina and Clymer. Hundreds of customers were also working without power in Cattaraugus County, where some areas received the most snow.

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities said its crews were continuing to restore power in the area. “Reports have calmed down down and power is coming back on steadily as they work,” the BPU said around 9:30 a.m. “According to supervisors, the heavy snow on trees and tree branches caused most of the problems, with wind playing a factor.”

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office at 4 a.m. said heavy snow, multiple trees and electrical lines were down, causing hazardous conditions. The Sheriff’s Office said no unnecessary travel was advised until further notice.

Capt. Eric Balon of the New York State Police reported lots of trees and power lines down throughout Chautauqua County. He said as of Friday morning there were no major road closures or car crashes.

East Sixth Street and Prendergast Avenue in the city of Jamestown on Friday morning. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

“We put many extra patrols last night and today in anticipation of the storm,” Balon said.

Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello declared inclement weather conditions for all nonessential county government employees due to weather and road conditions.

Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, canceled three local events he had planned to attend Friday due to the weather. He was scheduled to visit Silver Creek Central School to discuss recent school violence and meet with the school’s resource officer.

Reed was also scheduled to kick-off the 16th annual “March for Meals” event for Meals on Wheels in Dunkirk as well as attend a luncheon in Mayville hosted by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.

Most area schools were closed Friday as a result of the late-season winter storm. According to the weather service, the snow will end this afternoon and remain mostly cloudy around 20 degrees tonight.

On Saturday, temperatures will be in the mid-30s in the Jamestown area with partial sunshine. It will remain in the upper-30s and lower 40s by early next week.