Slick Roads Early On This Week, “January Thaw” Expected Wednesday

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY – Snow will continue through Tuesday, which will drop another few inches on top of what we already have, according to Chief Forecaster Dakota Hunter.

Monday, a slushy mix of snow and ice covered Chautauqua County roadways.

The County’s Director of Emergency Services John Griffith, travels from Falconer to Mayville on a daily basis.

Griffith says our rural roads can be tricky especially with gusty winds that bring blowing and drifting snow.

“Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you,” Griffith said. “If the road conditions do change you are not right on top of someone.”

Griffith also suggested using caution when you drive up to  intersections.

“Because the snow banks are so high you have to be careful while pulling out at intersections,” Griffith said.

Sunday fire fighters responded to a disabled snowmobile on Chautauqua Lake.

Griffith doesn’t recommend riding on the lake just yet, especially with the warming temperature expected this week.

For more watch your First Defense Forecast on NewsNow or read the synopsis below.

Today: Scattered to widespread snow showers. Much warmer. Highs 32 (valleys) to 36 (lakeshore), with a Southwest wind 12 to 21 MPH. Snow accumulations likely between 2 to 4 inches, 1 to 3 inches with melting.

Tonight: Snow showers continue. Blowing snow is likely with a West wind 14-23 MPH. Another inch is likely. Lows 20-25.

Tuesday: A tad bit cooler. Scattered snow showers throughout the day. Likely another inch of accumulation along the hills; little to no accumulation elsewhere. High: 30.

Wednesday: Rain showers, possibly mixing with snow or sleet early, becoming plan rain showers in the afternoon. Unseasonably warm. High 43.

Thursday: Rain continues. Temperatures continue to rise. Melting of ice on local streams, creeks, and rivers are possible, leading to minor ice jams and possible jam flooding. High 52.

Friday: Few more scattered rain showers. Melting of ice and snow will continue. Temps tick down a couple degrees, but still mild. High 47.

Saturday: Rain and snow showers likely. All snow possible early on the hills. Cooler, but still above average. High 36.

Sunday: Scattered snow showers; a few a lake snow flakes are possible in the hills from a few patches of open water on Lake Erie. Temperatures much colder. High 18.

WNYNewsNow reporter Justin Gould and Chief Forecaster Dakota Hunter contributed to this report.

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