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Snow emergencies declared; travel ban in Dutchess, Ulster; Amtrak curbs service

Jan 26, 2015 1:54 pm
[Updated 9:40 p.m.]

In the village of Catskill, a snow removal parking plan will go into effect 8 p.m., Monday. Vehicles should be parked on the odd-numbered side of the street until 8 a.m. Tuesday, when they should be moved to the even-numbered side of the street until 8 p.m. Vehicles should continue to switch sides until the snow emergency is lifted.

Mayor William H. Hallenbeck Jr. has declared a snow emergency in the city of Hudson, effective 8 p.m., Mon., Jan. 26. Beginning at 8 p.m., Monday, all cars must be parked on the odd side of the street. Parking is prohibited on the even side of the street for 24 hours. Beginning 8 p.m., Tue., Jan. 27, all vehicles must be moved to the even side of the street and remain there for 16 hours, until 12 p.m. (noon), Wed., Jan. 28, when the snow emergency ends. Snow removal will take place from 12 a.m. (midnight), Thu., Jan. 29 and into Sat., Jan. 31. Residents are to follow posted snow removal signage. Sidewalks on Warren St. must be shoveled to the curb within 12 hours after the storm is over, and within 24 hours for the rest of the city. For information, cityofhudson [dot] org.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Mon., Jan. 26, declared a state of emergency for the following counties ahead of the extreme winter storm expected to bring heavy snowfall and high winds: Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester and contiguous counties. In addition, the Governor announced a tractor trailer ban will be in effect on major state highways beginning at  4 p.m. The State is considering a full travel ban on roads and bridges as well as the potential closing of public transit networks in affected areas beginning at 11 p.m.

As of 6 p.m., Monday:

  • A travel ban on all state and local roads in thirteen downstate counties is effective at 11 p.m.

  • MTA closing all public transit systems at 11 p.m.

  • The National Weather Service forecasts snow accumulation of at least 1 ½ to 2 feet combined with wind gusts of up to 70 MPH on Eastern parts of Long Island.

  • The State’s Emergency Operations Center is activated

  • Substantial flight cancellations are highly likely on Tuesday.

Amtrak is reporting due to the winter storm forecast it will operate a modified schedule for the remainder of Mon., Jan. 26. Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will operate between Boston and Washington; however, passengers should expect reduced frequencies, mainly north of New York. Empire Service (New York to Albany) will operate as scheduled. Amtrak will provide an update on service Tue., Jan. 27, later in the day, Monday. Information at www [dot] amtrak [dot] com.

Per Amtrak service notice, released late Monday:
Due to the severe winter storm that is impacting the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak has suspended Northeast Regional and Acela Express service between New York and Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 27.

In addition, Empire Service (New York – Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y.), Amtrak Downeaster (Brunswick, Maine – Boston), Vermonter (Washington – St. Albans, Vt.) and the Springfield line (New Haven, Conn. – Springfield, Mass.), are all suspended, as well as Lake Shore Limited service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., and Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., only.

Acela Express and Northeast Regional trains between New York and Washington, and Keystone Service (New York – Harrisburg, Pa.) will operate at reduced frequencies.

Passengers holding reservations that require modification are being accommodated on other trains and proactively notified by Amtrak Customer Service. A range of tools, including Amtrak.com, smartphone apps and 1-800-USA-RAIL, are available to assist in travel planning.

Amtrak regrets any inconvenience. This information is correct as of the above time and date. Information is subject to change as conditions warrant.
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