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Residents Grateful Storm Falls Short Of Predictions In Northern Westchester

The view from Tricia Robbins' backyard in Briarcliff. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tricia Robbins
Lisa Kaslyn's dog Mini enjoying the snow in Carmel. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lisa Kaslyn
Beecher Funeral Home in Pleasantville following the snowstorm. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bill Flooks
A happy snowman in Putnam Valley. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Jim VanDevelde
First Avenue in Ossining following the snowstorm. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Carol Arrucci
Old Briarcliff Road in Briarcliff Manor following the snowstorm. Photo Credit: Courtesy of William Vescio

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- For many in Northern Westchester and Putnam, the latest snowstorm was nothing more than a glorified fire drill.

"'I'm very happy with the way it worked out," said Peekskill Mayor Frank Catalina, whose city received 3 to 6 inches. "We missed it by 50 miles."

Catalina said the city was preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime snowstorm but that Friday's snowstorm ended up being worse.

"You can't be trained enough," Catalina said. "Everything fell into place."

The city incurred some overtime expenses but Catalina said it was nothing compared to what the city would spend in a  blizzard.

"If we had that storm, we'd be paying overtime for two weeks," Catalina said. "Everything worked out the way it should."

The city lifted its state of emergency at noon Tuesday.

Carmel resident Lisa Kaslyn said she was gearing up for a winter wonderland in her backyard.

"I'm very disappointed," Kaslyn said. "But what are you going to do? My daughter is home and playing in the snow. She's having fun."

Kaslyn said she took precautions, including hooking up her generator and stocking up on food.

"Maybe a fire drill isn't so bad once in a while," Kaslyn said. "I hope other people heed the warning the next time there's a snowstorm."

Briarcliff resident Tricia Robbins said she was shocked the snowstorm wasn't worse.

"I'm glad," Robbins said. "My kids can go out and play. Too much snow can be really dangerous, roofs can collapse and trees can come down. It can get really unsafe."

Robbins said she took her kids sledding to Gedney Park and they were also sledding in their backyard.

"I think they are ready to go back to school tomorrow," Robbins said. "We have to prepare ourselves for storms like these and just deal with it. Luckily everyone is indoors and warm."

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