Blizzard first for county in years

For the first time in more than a decade, Chautauqua County has seen a blizzard. According to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, Wednesday’s weather was classified as a blizzard.

Bob Hamilton, meteorologist with NWS, explained the criteria for a blizzard is winds of at least 35 mph and visibility less than 1/4 mile.

Both of these conditions must maintain for at least three hours. He said the last blizzard was at least 15 years ago, but could not give an exact date.

The local area received an average of 10 inches of snow, while those in the Buffalo region saw 12 to 15 inches of snow. This was the second blizzard this year for Erie County – this is the first in recent history this has happened. The snow will continue today but will not be as bad.

“There might be some flurries around. What you get (Thursday) is going to be inconsequential to what happened (Wednesday),” Hamilton said.

Heading into the weekend, Friday will see above normal temperatures and temperatures on Saturday will be averaging around normal temperatures before temperatures are “relatively cold again.”

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