Lake effect snow coming to an end — for now

The rush of lake effect snow which hit the Dunkirk – Fredonia area Wednesday morning tapered off this morning.

According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, the lake effect snow warning which was in effect till 6 p.m. Wednesday night has taken a break from Dunkirk/Jamestown area. The temperatures will be warmer today with highs in the 30s or even low 40s.

Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said the “snow will start to melt a little bit” and it “shouldn’t be a problem” for people getting to and from work.

“The roads will still be slippery,” Hitchcock said.

The City of Dunkirk Police Department issued a travel advisory Wednesday night till 10 p.m. due to messy roads.

“We need to get cars moved off the roads so we can get the roads plowed,” Sgt. Dan Manzella said. “Downtown is a mess and we need to give plows a chance to get the roads clear.”

Weather appears to have been a factor in a two-car accident that occurred on Route 60 near Williams Street in the town of Dunkirk Wednesday morning.

According to the New York State Police at Fredonia, around 11:20 a.m., Zachary Crandall, 17, of the city of Dunkirk was traveling northbound on Route 60 in the right-hand lane when he lost control on the slush-covered road. He then allegedly moved unsafely into the left-hand lane, which was occupied by Zaira Sierra, 27, also of the city. Sierra was traveling northbound, as well. The two vehicles then collided.

Crandall was charged with speed unreasonable and not prudent for hazardous conditions and moving from a lane unsafely. He was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital via Alstar Ambulance for minor injuries.

The East Town of Dunkirk Fire Department also responded to the scene.

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