Photo by Brian Ferry
Ryan Heller, 8, enjoys a sled ride down the hill at Beaty Park in Warren County on Monday after nearly a foot of snow fell on the county overnight.

By ERIC TICHY and

ANTHONY DOLCE

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Some managed to make the most out of a snowy situation.

Photo by Brian Ferry
Ryan Heller, 8, enjoys a sled ride down the hill at Beaty Park in Warren County on Monday after nearly a foot of snow fell on the county overnight.

Children, off from school because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and adventure seekers were able to take advantage of several inches of fresh snow that began falling Sunday night and continued in spurts for much of the day Monday. Of those who took advantage of the snow was Jamestown resident Erik Anderson. He used a snowboard to glide down a fresh blanket of snow in an empty lot between East Second and East First streets.

Anderson, a resident of the south side of the city, said he was looking for great locations to utilize his snowboard.

Local police reported no major incidents or wrecks due to the weather, though a semi tractor-trailer did jacknife in the eastbound lane of Interstate 86 near Salamanca, reducing traffic to lane one.

A winter storm warning was in effect for most of the day and included Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and southern Erie counties. The warning was set to expire around 10 p.m.

Kirk Apffel of the National Weather Service’s Buffalo office said the northern portion of Chautauqua County was hit the hardest early on, with both Dunkirk and Silver Creek surpassing a foot of snow by 7:30 a.m. Meanwhile, in the southern part of the county, Jamestown and Falconer received between 7 and 8 inches Sunday night into Monday, with Apffel saying that the snow in those areas mixed with sleet.

Apffel said a storm system was expected to dump the most snow the higher terrain areas.

“It’s going to vary a lot by location, but in general it’ll change over time,” he said. “For the remainder of the day until tonight, the areas that will get the most will be the higher terrain and lake effect areas. The higher terrain should get another 5 to 10 inches.”

The snow was the result of a storm system that worked its way up from the Carolinas and into eastern Pennsylvania. From there, it came across east central New York and moved into western New England. The storm system was expected to subside by early this morning.

The forecast for the Jamestown area is calling for clouds with snow showers mainly in the morning, with highs around 25 degrees. In Dunkirk, the forecast also calls for clouds and snow showers, with highs nearing 30 degrees. There’s a 50% chance of snow Wednesday, but from there the forecast only calls for cloudy skies for several days.



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