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Northern Westchester Residents Clean Up After Yet Another Storm

Bob McCann clears his driveway Wednesday morning. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
(From L to R) Ezekiel Ruff, Martin Greene, Ibrahim Greene, Waheed Burns and Nick Orhelyin take a break from shoveling Wednesday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

NORTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – With nowhere to go and little to do, many residents moseyed out of their snow-bunkered homes late Wednesday morning to yet another storm that left about a foot of accumulation in some areas.

A Winter Storm Warning is still in effect until 6 p.m. for Westchester with freezing rain still possible. Most Northern Westchester police departments reported few minor accidents, but said people stayed off the road for the most part.

Ossining and Mount Kisco kept their municipal offices open Wednesday, while all others in northern Westchester closed for the day.

The shredder truck scheduled to be at the Lewisboro town house Wednesday has been rescheduled for Feb. 19.

The Mount Kisco zoning board meeting and Chappaqua School Board meetings scheduled for Wednesday night have also been cancelled. 

Most outages county-wide have been restored

Bob McCann of Yorktown used a snow blower to clear his driveway around 11 a.m. as his three children, including a three-week old, stayed warm inside.

“I’m not sure which one is quieter, the snow blower or the three screaming children,” said McCann, who planned to hit the gym later in the day.

The physical education teacher in Hastings said he loves snow, and much prefers the winter to summer. After the last storm, he said his kids built a snowman, which was buried by the storm Wednesday.

While snow blowers help homeowners like McCann, they cut into business for Waheed Burns, who went around Peekskill with four of his friends from Peekskill High School shoveling snow for residents. Burns, who graduated last year and now attends Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, said each of them had shoveled two houses Wednesday.

The group has gone out after every storm going back to Thanksgiving this year, and has shoveled individually for the last four winters. All five stopped around noon at the Peekskill Coffee House, one of the few businesses open Wednesday.

Jeff and Barbie Altorfer of Peekskill took a walk to the coffee house after spending nearly two hours shoveling their property. Barbie said the snowfall Wednesday was nothing compared to the routine two-plus feet she would see growing up in Uttica. The couple said the worst storm they say in Uttica was three-and-a-half feet around Christmas in 1983.

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