Winter makes early arrival

The first snowfall in the area Monday night led to a fatal accident on Route 20.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and Fredonia Fire Department responded to a two-car accident Monday at 8:34 p.m. on Route 20 in the town of Pomfret between Harmon Hill Road and Walden Avenue.

According to state police, a 24-year-old Dunkirk woman died in the accident.

State Police also confirmed there had been “several accidents” involving vehicles off the road throughout the region including in Fredonia, Pomfret and Hanover.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, there were reports of about five accidents in the northern part of Chautauqua County with several calls coming from the area of Route 39.

The sheriff’s dispatch said they had been sending out snowplows and salt trucks to the areas with cars off the road.

Both Dunkirk and Fredonia police departments said they had not responded to any accidents as of late Monday evening.

A winter weather advisory was issued by the National Weather Service in Buffalo which expired early Tuesday morning.

The advisory covered Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Southern Erie and Wyoming counties. The weather will continue to stay cold throughout today.

“(Tuesday) will be a pretty cold day. What brought the snow today was a cold front coming into the area. Temperatures are not rising out of the 30s (today),” Shawn Smith, meterologist with NWS, said.

The amount of snowfall was about two inches in the city of Buffalo but that amount could be doubled in some portions of the Southern Tier.

Smith said that Tuesday there may be a chance of lake effect snow along the lake but the snow will stop later in the week. He said on Wednesday the temperatures should start rising to the low 40s and reach the 50s by Friday.

OBSERVER Staff Writer Greg Fox contributed to this article. Comments on this article may be sent to