Frigid wind chills to follow Lake Effect Snow that drops about a foot of new snow in parts of Jamestown-area...

The Lake effect snow returned to the Jamestown-area overnight... and, has ushered in the coldest air of the Winter Season so far.  Forecaster Tony Ansuini with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says the snow moved southward late last night as an arctic front passeed across the region.  Ansuini says some areas may wind up with about a foot of snow.  But... the coldest air of the season has moved in... and, he says it'll be a reminder of last year's record breaking February.  Ansuini says the high today will struggle to get above zero, and it'll fall to about -5 overnight tonight into Sunday.  With winds reaching 35 mph at times... that'll plunge the wind chill to -25 to -35.  The Weather Service is continuing a Wind Chill Warning until 10 a.m. tomorrow, and a Lake Effect Snow Advisory until 1 a.m. Sunday.


Presidents Day Weekend Winter Festival on despite bitter wind chills...

Despite the frigid temperatures forecast for Saturday... all activities planned for the annual President's Day Weekend Winter Festival are still on in Mayville.  However... the timing on a few events may be adjusted due to the sub-zero temperatures and wind chills predicted during the day.  That from the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce's Craig Colburn... who is lending a hand to the Mayville/Chautauqua Chamber... which which is again putting on the event.  Colburn says activities Saturday run from now to 10 p.m., and, one of the big events will be snowmobile rides, beginning at 2:30 p.m.  The annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 12 p.m.  One thing that has changed already is that all parking will be free this year.  Colburn says there is concern over having volunteers out being out in the bitter cold conditions... and, there is no ice castle this year due to a lack of ice.  He says the bon-fire is still on for 6:30 tonight... and, the fireworks begin at 8 p.m.  The Winter Festival concludes Sunday with hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Local reaction very positive to Athenex announcement in Dunkirk...

People are still talking about Governor Andrew Cuomo's visit to the city of Dunkirk on Thursday and his proposed $200-million investment by the state into the proposed Athenex facility to be built in the town of Dunkirk.  Cuomo says the facility will produce 900 jobs.  There would also be another 500 at the company headquarters in Buffalo.  Thursday's announcement brought Congressman Tom Reed, who traveled to the city from the nation's capitol.  Reed calls the project the product of elected leaders and the private sector working "well together."  However, there are still a lot of questions about the project, including who will have an opportunity to land one of those 900 jobs.  Mayor Willie Rosas says he's talked with company officials... who say they're ready to train local residents looking for jobs.  Governor Cuomo indicated that state lawmakers including Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Andy Goodell will be playing an important role.


State Health Officials say Flu Season now "prevalent" in NYS...

New York's health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, requiring health care workers who aren't vaccinated against it to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present.  Dr. Howard Zucker says some workers in medical settings choose not to get shots, which he says provide a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and transmitting it.  Zucker says requiring unvaccinated workers to wear masks around patients helps protect the sick, elderly and other vulnerable people.  According to the state health department... laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported in 44 counties and all boroughs of New York City, with 817 flu-related hospitalizations so far this season and no reports of related pediatric deaths.

 

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