The winter of 2011-12 was not a good one for businesses that rely on cold weather and snow.
Mother Nature brought only 60.4 inches of snow to Jamestown from October through April, and warm temperatures meant the little snow the area did receive melted quickly. While it was a nice break for those who dread driving in poor weather, last winter was a nightmare for area businesses who rely on the white stuff to balance their checkbooks.
Many small businesses that rely on cold weather to bring tourists to the area's snowmobile trails were hit hard by the warmer-than-usual winter of 2011-12. Snowmobilers couldn't ride their sleds, and ice fishermen had hardly any time to spend on Chautauqua Lake.
While this winter hasn't exactly brought back memories of the Blizzard of 1977, it may yet shake out well for area ski resorts, small restaurants along the county's snowmobile trails and the businesses that sell skis and snowmobiles. More than 600 miles of snowmobile trails are open throughout Chautauqua County, along with hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails. And, don't forget the area's ski resorts.
Temperatures aren't expected to get out of the lower 30s and more snow is expected through the weekend. Before you know it, spring will be here. For now, take some time to enjoy the snow.