Travel Restrictions Issued For Dutchess

Travel in Dutchess County has been restricted to strictly emergency vehicles, plows DPW trucks and other essential services as the worst of the winter weather is expected to hit Hudson Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

Whiteout conditions have led to hazardous roadways in Dutchess County.
Whiteout conditions have led to hazardous roadways in Dutchess County. Photo Credit: Contributed/ Kathy Sido

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced on Wednesday afternoon that as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, there will be restricted travel as the county is under a State of Emergency. The travel ban restricts all travel on roadways from 5 p.m. on Wednesday until 4 a.m. on Thursday.

Officials said that snow may fall at a rate of up to three inches per hour, with an accumulation of up to 10 inches expected in the afternoon, and as many as seven more inches overnight, making it “difficult for plow crews to maintain. Law enforcement agencies are also cautioning of worsening road conditions with slippery surfaces.

The emergency order states: “Travel on roadways in Dutchess County is restricted except for: medical and health facility personnel, law enforcement and public safety personnel, first responders, utility, maintenance and public works personnel, snow removal sanding, salting and clearing operations personnel, facility operations persons deemed necessary for plant operations by their employers and public and government personnel involved in the emergency operations.”

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