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Holiday Valley to open Sunday as record snowless streak ends

This month’s record late snows comes with good news for skiers: Ellicotville’s Holiday Valley will open at 10 a.m. Sunday. About 10 inches of machine groomed packed powder is on two of the resort’s 58 slopes.

“We’re making snow. It’s snowing. I can’t see the top of the hill. We’re happy,” Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing, said from her office at the ski resort Saturday.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport measured one-tenth of an inch of snow Friday, enough to break the 132-year-old record of late snowfall from Dec. 3, 1899. It had melted by Saturday morning.

More snow was falling across ski country and the western Southern Tier, according to the National Weather Service.

“The snow began yesterday afternoon and the band of snow is continuing,” said David Thomas, a meteorologist at the weather service station at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga.

Snow counts included 9.5 inches to the north of Little Valley. Humphrey in Cattaraugus County had 8 inches and in Chautauqua County, Forestville reported 5 inches.

At least 10 inches of snow fell at Holiday Valley, Eshbaugh said.

Saturday’s temperatures left most of Western New York area below freezing and just a few degrees above normal winter weather, Thomas said.