JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County got its first taste of winter this past weekend, although snow totals weren’t nearly as high as what was being predicted.
The national Weather service had a lake effect snow warning on Friday, saying that as much as 10-18 inches could fall between Saturday afternoon and Monday morning. However, only about 4 to 5 inches of snow covered the ground by Monday morning.
Still, the weather did cause some problems with several traffic accidents reported throughout the region. Some trees in the area also still had their leaves, causing the heavy snow to accumulate on branches and eventually snapping them – leading to trees falling on homes as well as disrupting electricity and cable service in some isolated areas.
The area will get a reprieve from further winter weather for the remainder of the week. The forecast for the rest of this week is calling for little additional snow, with temperatures rising to above freezing by Wednesday and on into Thanksgiving Day, as well as Black Friday.