Apocalyptic snow storm causes mayhem; State of emergency declared on Tuesday evening for Western and Central parts of New York, USA
Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening for much of the western and central parts of New York’s North Country.
The declaration includes “Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and contiguous counties,” according to a statement issued just after 6 pm.
The storm is expected to continue at least through Thursday after dumping huge amounts of snow on parts of the North Country and western New York.
As part of the declaration, Gov. Cuomo activated the National Guard and other state resources.
“New York is experiencing yet another severe winter storm, and I am declaring a State of Emergency in counties that have been or will be affected to help communities as they experience a substantial amount of snowfall,” Governor Cuomo said.
“This storm may persist until Friday morning with the potential for another two feet of snow. New Yorkers in these areas should exercise extreme caution, and stay off the roads until conditions are clearer and safer.”
Update: 8:30 am Wednesday:
The storm that has already dumped several feet of snow on parts of the Buffalo and Watertown areas is being called one of the worst in memory.
It is blamed for several deaths in the state, including an Erie County man found under a pile of snow this morning.
The forecast is calling for as much as 8 more inches before it ends around midday today.
The respite isn’t expected to last long. More snow is expected to begin tonight and last all day tomorrow, bringing up to two more feet of snow.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a State of Emergency for parts of the North Country.
Jefferson, Lewis and Franklin counties will receive additional plows, snow blowers, and salt for roads.
The Governor deployed the National Guard to affected areas yesterday afternoon and activated statewide Emergency Operations Centers last night.
The winter storm has moved south of St. Lawrence County.
The southern part of the county was pummeled with fast-falling snow yesterday. White-outs and blowing snow made driving conditions difficult.
Crews were able to begin clearing the snow late yesterday afternoon.
The St. Lawrence County department of emergency services said traveling south will be difficult today.
Drivers should anticipate blowing snow and high winds.
St. Lawrence County emergency services director Michael Lecuyer said this is just the beginning of the winter storm season., “A little earlier than expected, but again, you never can expect anything else other than that in northern New York. “
State offices in parts of the North Country will be closed today.
According to a statement from the Office of General Services, state buildings in Franklin, Herkimer, Jefferson, and Lewis counties will be closed today. Only essential employees will be working today, according to the statement.
According to an Emergency Services alert, St. Lawrence County and many municipal highway departments are suspending snow removal operations in the most heavily affected areas in the south of the county, and is advising no travel in those areas.
Road conditions in the south of the county are snow covered with visibility at times of less than one-eighth of a mile, according to the alert.
Officials in Jefferson County are advising similar travel restrictions.
Significant snow accumulations along with whiteout conditions are creating dangerous travel conditions.
The alert said one of the reasons snow removal crews are suspending their work is because of numerous vehicles abandoned in the roadways.
Safety officials will monitor the storm and advise the public should conditions change that would require additional measures to be put into place.