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Blizzard Prompts Greenburgh To Declare Rare 'Two-Day' Snow Emergency

As much as a foot of snow may strike Greenburgh.
As much as a foot of snow may strike Greenburgh. Photo Credit: File photo

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - With as much as a foot of snow expected to hit the region, officials in Greenburgh have declared a snow emergency that will be effective through Wednesday.

According to the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state is anticipating that between 16 and 20 inches of snow may fall in the lower Hudson Valley, with more than a foot coming to upstate New York. State police have cautioned that the storm may impact the region until Wednesday night, causing a combination of low visibility and slippery roadways, creating “treacherous travel conditions.”

During the snow emergency - which will begin Monday night and extend through Wednesday - parking will be prohibited at all metered parking spaces on East Hartsdale Avenue and Columbia Avenue between 1 and 6 a.m. to facilitate street clearing efforts. There will be limited parking available at the Webb Field parking lot on North Central Avenue to benefit residents.

Vehicles that are bound in violation of the snow emergency ordinance may have their vehicles towed and face a $500 fine.

Officials noted that “the expected blizzard creates significant challenges for the Department of Public Works. Please assist us by keeping all vehicles off of the roadways while roads are cleared.”

In advance of the storm, Greenburgh officials have issued a series of tips for homeowners:

  • Have flashlights, a battery-operated radio or television and fresh batteries handy.
  • If you must use candles, be careful and keep them far away from children and flammable materials.
  • Store adequate supplies of non-perishable food that need not be refrigerated.
  • Make sure you have a manual can opener.
  • Have bottled water for drinking and cooking.
  • If an electric pump supplies your water, fill bathtubs and other containers to ensure there is adequate water for washing and toilets.
  • Set freezer and refrigerator controls to their coldest setting to extend the length of time the food will keep.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment – televisions, microwave ovens and computers – that could be damaged by lightning or sudden power surges.
  • Have a working telephone. Note: Cordless and digital phones will probably not work during a power interruption. Ensure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Know how to manually operate your garage door if you have an electric garage door opener.
  • If someone in your home depends on life-sustaining equipment powered by electricity, call ConEd and let them know. It’s your responsibility to provide an emergency power source during any unplanned power interruption.

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