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Dunkirk had about 10 inches of snow as of Friday midday. Photo by Braden Carmen

Chautauqua County had missed its worst snow as of Friday afternoon. However, that didn’t mean that local residents weren’t bothered by it.

The New York State Thruway Authority continued a ban of all commercial vehicles on portions of the New York State Thruway system in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions due to lake effect snow warnings.

The ban was in effect until further notice. All commercial vehicles have been banned from the following highways:

— Interstate 90 between exit 46 (Rochester – Corning – I-390) and exit 61 (Ripley – Shortman Road)

— Niagara Thruway (I-190) from I-90 to Exit 22 (Route 62)

Heavy lake-effect snow will significantly affect travel in Erie, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Jefferson counties through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Total snow accumulations of up to five feet or more are possible in the most stubborn lake effect snow bands with snowfall rates of 2 to 5 inches per hour.

All commercial traffic traveling east on the Thruway from the Pennsylvania border must exit at Exit 61 (Ripley – Shortman Road). Westbound commercial traffic on the Thruway bound for Pennsylvania from eastern points should use exit 46 (Rochester – I-390) for I-390 to I-86 West.

If necessary, speed reductions can be made.

Closer to home, the Dunkirk City Police Department issued a travel advisory around 6:30am that ended around 1:30pm on Friday. The city of Dunkirk also urged residents to stick to alternative parking spaces, as this will also help with snow removal and emergency vehicle access, including on the road.

The National Weather Service reported that Fredonia and Dunkirk had received a little less than a foot on Friday; Gerry reported 12 inches, Jamestown and Falconer 9 inches and Mayville 8.5 inches. Blasdell had 4 feet of snow while Hamburg and Orchard Park had nearly 3 feet by Friday noon. Jamestown’s snow came Thursday and overnight Friday, with no snow all day Friday.

Other key points regarding Friday cancellations included:

¯ Dunkirk Municipal Court conducted emergency operations virtually.

¯ All district schools were closed. That decision was made on Thursday afternoon.

¯ North County resource center transportation services were down due to the weather.

¯ All schools in the district were closed.

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