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Unnecessary Travel Banned As Part Of Yorktown Snow Emergency

A Snow Emergency has been declared in Yorktown.
A Snow Emergency has been declared in Yorktown. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

All unnecessary travel has been prohibited in Yorktown as winter's worst storm is expected to drop as much of a foot of snow in the Hudson Valley on Wednesday. 

Officials in Yorktown declared a Snow Emergency on Wednesday, which will go into effect as of noon on March 7. The Snoe Emergency will remain in effect indefinitely.

Yorktown Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert announced that after consulting with Police Chief Robert Noble and Highway Superintendent David Paganelli, the Snow Emergency was declared.

According to Gilbert, a declaration of a Snow Emergency “is intended to assist Yorktown’s Highway Department in its efforts to clear the road of snow and to assist the town’s emergency service agencies such as police, fire and emergency medical services in their efforts to respond to emergencies.”

During the Snow Emergency, vehicles that are parked on Yorktown roadways will be towed “and stored in any suitable place.” The owner of any vehicle towed will need to present proof of ownership at the Yorktown Police Department prior to retrieving the vehicle. Gilbert said that all travel on roadways in Yorktown is restricted to emergency vehicles, town highway vehicles, utility vehicles and essential emergency personnel. All unnecessary travel is prohibited. 

"It is expected that heavy snowfall and whiteout conditions will make traveling on town and state roadways extremely dangerous," Gilbert stated. "Wind gusts have been forecast upwards of 40 mph in addition to heavy snow. We are treating this as a dangerous storm, and first responders' ability to respond to public need and provide emergency services is our highest priorty." 

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