The National Weather Service in Buffalo says a Wind Chill Warning Remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for all of Chautauqua County. In addition, a winter storm warning remains in effect until 7 p.m. – mostly for the northern part of the county.
Wind chills as low as 35 below zero are expected in some areas of the county on Thursday. Additional snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches in the most persistent lake snow areas along the Chautauqua Ridge.
Travel could be very difficult in the north county with widespread blowing snow producing near whiteout conditions at times. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
In addition to blowing and drifting snow in the north the entire county faces dangerously cold wind chills and Health officials say if you must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Frostbite can occur in 15 minutes or less with apparent temperatures of 25 below zero or colder.
As a result of the cold weather, Jamestown Public Schools and all other local schools, including Frewsburg, Falconer, Southwestern and Cassadaga Valley are once again closed for today. Both JCC and SUNY Fredonia are also closed today.