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Snow, snow... everywhere there's snow

Dec 28, 2010 6:44 am
Snow, snow, and more snow... that was the gist of the headline patter in today's newspapers, charting declared states of emergency in all our local counties and the City of Hudson. The Register Star reports on how Columbia County was pelted with between 17 inches and 2 feet of snow from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning, with 35-to-40 mph winds making it seem like more. Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Roy Brown declared a state of emergency from 4 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. Monday. Non-essential vehicles were requested to stay off the roadways, and non-essential county offices were closed for the day. In Greene County, the Daily Mail reported nearly a foot and a half of snow falling in some places, though most high accumulations being around 12 inches in depth. The county was under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, and parking was restricted on all roads and streets throughout the county. The advisory cautions strong winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 miles per hour could cause blowing and drifting snow, making driving conditions hazardous. Parts of Dutchess County had it worst, although throughout the region only a few thousand homes suffered electrical blackouts of any length. Some of the highest snowfalls in the region were recorded with West Hillsdale in the lead at 2 feet, followed by Ghent, 22 inches; Kinderhook, 21 inches; North Chatham, 20.3 inches; Claverack, 20 inches; Taghkanic, 19 inches, Livingston, 17 inches, 17 inches in Maplecrest, 15 inches in East Jewett and 13.5 inches in Ashland and Athens. Eleven inches in Greenville and Freehold, and seven inches in Durham. Pine Plains, in Dutchess County, registered 25 inches of snow. In Hudson, Mayor Rick Scalera declared a snow emergency Monday morning in response to the blizzard that struck the city Sunday and Monday. As of 8 p.m. Monday, all vehicles were required to be parked on the even side of the street on streets that have odd/even alternate side of the street regulations. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, all vehicles were to bebe moved to the odd side of the street. At 8 p.m. Wednesday, the snow emergency will be terminated, unless conditions call for an extension, Scalera said.

The National Weather Service was predicting a “nice stretch of three or four days,” starting today, with temperatures getting up around 32 degrees, winds dropping to 10 to 20 miles per hour from Monday’s 35 to 40, and sunshine replacing precipitation until the weekend.