Spring blossoms?

Sometimes even groundhogs make mistakes. Dunkirk Dave predicted an early spring when he did not see his shadow on Groundhog’s Day but as of Wednesday – the first official day of spring – snow was still falling.

According to Jim Mitchell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are currently under a lake effect snow warning which will expire at 12 a.m. Friday. In addition to snowfall already, Mitchell said along the Lake Erie shore an additional amount of six to 12 inches may fall and inland in higher elevations and along the Chautauqua Ridge, an additional 12 to 18 inches may fall.

The snow caused slick roads in the town of Arkwright Wednesday morning. A box truck slid off the road into a ditch, causing damage to a utility pole. There were no injuries reported. According to Mitchell, snow during March is not unusual. Currently the temperatures are 10 to 15 degrees below average.

“We’re below, in average temps, about 10 to 15 degrees,” Mitchell said. “The colder air rolling over the warm lake is causing lake effect.”

The snow will last until Friday and there will be some accumulations on Friday. Mitchell said the snow should diminish and the weather will dry out by early next week. He could not say with certainty this would be the last snowfall of the season, but colder temperatures will stay.

“There’s a good chance it could be the rest of the snow for the year but it will still be cold throughout the (end of March),” he said.

As of Wednesday morning, snowfall totals were five inches in Jamestown, 2.5 inches in Ripley, 5 inches in Randolph. Kennedy had 5.6 inches and in Cattaraugus County, snowfall totals were 10 inches in Franklinville.

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