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Driving bans now in place in northern Chautauqua County

Communities in northern Chautauqua County are feeling the brunt of the winter storm today as Dunkirk, Fredonia and Silver Creek have all called for travel bans.

Dunkirk Police Chief David Ortolano asked for no unnecessary travel starting at 8:18 a.m. today and until further notice while city crews try to clear snow from the last two days of storms. Steady snow fell through the night and into this morning. City Hall is closed today.

Fredonia Mayor Steve Keefe also called for a traffic ban today. He said that Village Hall is closed and residents are asked to stay off the streets while crews work on snow removal there.

In Silver Creek, traffic has stopped on Route 20 from the intersection at Routes 5 and 20. Mayor Nick Piccolo said the area known as “Oak Hill” was causing difficulties for motorists. He said visibility is poor on Route 5.

“We need people to stay off the roads,” he said.

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace said snow was starting to head south in Chautauqua County.

The traditional snow-ridge areas in Mayville and Cassadaga had been spared from heavy snows but accumulation was heavy this morning.

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels deliveries were cancelled today. They were able to deliver Monday and Wednesday this week, but have not been able to deliver on Tuesday or today. A spokeswoman said they have not made a decision about delivery on Friday.