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Hazardous Conditions

Power Restored To Most As Snow Blankets Area

Jamestown Parks Department crews are pictured Tuesday clearing debris on West Third Street following Sundayás windstorm. About 400 National Grid customers remained without power by midday, though most was restored by the afternoon. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

From wind to snow to sun, Chautauqua County is set to experience just about all sides of Mother Nature this week.

Many residents in the south county awoke Tuesday morning to snow on the ground. In fact, the National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a winter weather advisory by midday in effect until 7 a.m. today. The advisory notes that some areas could expect to see 3 to 6 inches of lake effect snow in addition to wind gusts as high as 40 mph near the Lake Erie shoreline.

“Plan on slippery road conditions,” the weather service said. “The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute tonight and the morning commute on Wednesday. … Lake effect snow will fall in relatively narrow bands. If traveling, be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions and visibilities.”

Some areas, such as Mayville, provided a picturesque scene with snow blanketing the ground surrounding Chautauqua Lake.

According to the weather service, temperatures will be in the mid-30s today — likely keeping the snow around for at least another day — before reaching 50 degrees between Thursday and Sunday. Following that rain is in the forecast.

Pictured is the Chautauqua town museum in the village of Mayville. Parts of the county were blanketed by snow Tuesday. Photo by Gregory Bacon

Meanwhile, some area residents were still grappling with the remnants of Sunday’s windstorm. The westbound lane of Third Street was briefly closed between Stewart Avenue and Hallock Street in Jamestown as city Parks Department crews worked to clean up a tree that had fallen next to a home.

By 1 p.m., about 400 National Grid customers remained without power due to fallen trees and limbs that knocked down utility lines.

Most of the outages, according to National Grid’s power outage map, were expected to be resolved by 2-3 p.m., and only a handful remained as of 4 p.m.

The powerful windstorm swept through the region around Sunday afternoon. Thousands were left without power immediately following the storm, and by Monday morning, about 1,700 outages were still reported.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the outages were scattered throughout the south county, with 155 reported in the towns of Kiantone and Carroll near the Pennsylvania state line. Another 67 customers were without power near the intersection of Route 62 and Ivory Road in the town of Carroll near Poland.

Elsewhere, dozens were without power in locations including French Creek, Busti, Mina, Ellery, Maple Springs and Bemus Point.

All power appears to have been restored in the north county.

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