Slippery roads of grave concern

A band of lake effect snow continues to bring with it chilling temperatures and poor visibility through the region today.

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist David Thomas in Buffalo, there will be up to two inches of snow per hour and the wind chill will feel close to 3 degrees.

Driving will continue to be very difficult and dangerous this morning.

Thomas said, “We will get 10 inches overnight, have white-out conditions, and difficulty traveling down the Thruway and back roads.”

“Because of the snow falling so quickly it will be very hard for plows to keep roads clear,” he said. “The snow will be blowing and drifting.”

The lake effect snow will continue through this afternoon, and will taper off by this evening.

For the weekend, wide-spread snow fall across Western New York is expected and temperatures will remain very cold.

“We might see a little relief Tuesday, but it will return to freezing Wednesday,” Thomas said.

Although not as many weather-related accidents were reported on Thursday by local police after snowfall as compared to Wednesday, one accident closed Newton Street in Fredonia.

Newton Street from Route 20 to Lambert Avenue was closed Thursday around 7 a.m. after a tractor trailer crashed through a fence and came to rest in Forest Hill cemetery.

Fredonia Police Dispatcher Terra Grupa said no one was driving the tractor trailer when it slipped out of gear and rolled down the Carriage House driveway.

“No one was injured, and no head stones were damaged,” she said. “The only damage caused by the accident was to the cemetery fence.”

Police had to close the street for several hours. Crews had to unload some of the cargo before towing the tractor trailer out of the cemetery.

Fredonia School District sent students home early and Silver Creek’s after school activities were canceled.

The Fredonia School District EXCEL Project community presentation rescheduled for Thursday was canceled and will not be rescheduled. The town of Pomfret canceled its informational meeting for Phase II of the North End Water District and it has yet to be rescheduled.