State of Emergency in effect for Westchester, Putnam counties Friday ahead of winter storm
New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state of emergency effective at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the lower Hudson Valley, including Westchester and Putnam counties, due to expected heavy snowfall. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for both counties. Hudson Valley Weather is predicting snowfall amounts of 5-10” of snow for our area.
“This storm is poised to create dangerous travel conditions, heavy snowfall rates and sustained winds over 50 mph tonight into Saturday," Gov. Hochul said.
Overnight Thursday, power crews began staging restoration crews in our area ahead of the storm. Early Friday morning, dozens of trucks were parked and ready near the Danbury Green shopping plaza in Danbury.
Sean Partenio, chief of the Croton Falls Fire Department, said that the department is ready for the storm. "The line officers topped of all the apparatus with fuel and also checked saws and other various equipment to ensure they are ready to run should they be needed," Partenio said.
The MTA urged customers to avoid non-essential travel. Metro-North Railroad will operate hourly service on Saturday on the Harlem line. Service will be suspended on the Danbury branch in Connecticut.
Westchester County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation obtained COVID-19 test kits for local public works and sanitation departments. “Sometimes, these weather events occur when there is no ability to administer a test,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “These test kits allow for employees to remain healthy in order to help ensure the safety of our citizens during inclement weather.
The following local organizations have announced closures or delays due to the storm:
- Ruth Keeler Memorial Library - advising patrons to call ahead before coming in (914) 669-5161
- Swimfinity Swimming Academy - closed Jan. 29
- North Salem Rec Basketball - all practices, games and clinics canceled Friday, Jan. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 29
- Carmel COVID-19 testing site (Paladin Center) - closed Jan. 29
This list will be updated.
Local businesses and organizations can share information about updated store hours and closings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.