2012-01-18 / Front Page

Winter weather finally hits

More snow fell Saturday morning, but things are calm at dusk
Douglas Cunningham
Eric Gross

Hollowbrook Road in Putnam Valley can be treacherous in bad weather.ANNIE CHESNUTHollowbrook Road in Putnam Valley can be treacherous in bad weather.ANNIE CHESNUTPhilipstown and Putnam Valley are recovering from a late but forceful snow blast that canceled events, sent cars skidding and at one point Saturday morning closed I-84 in Southeast due to a pileup.

For you folks who couldn't wait to shovel or fire up the snowblower, this was your chance. Meanwhile, snowplow companies emailed or texted customers of their plans. Stores that sell apparel were thrilled; the mild winter has dampened sales.For Philipstown, this was something of a new thing this winter -- and the first large snow since the freakish pre-Halloween storm that pounded the region. The Cold Spring Farmer's Market announced Friday afternoon that Saturday's indoor market is canceled because of the impending storm. The Desmond-Fish Library is closed Saturday; the Sandy Galef town hall meeting is to be rescheduled. The Butterfield Snow plows visited this street in Putnam Valley at least three times before noon on Saturday.ANNIE CHESNUTSnow plows visited this street in Putnam Valley at least three times before noon on Saturday.ANNIE CHESNUTLibrary is also closed. Philipstown Recreation said that co-ed basketball and Tai Chi are also canceled for today. The Knights of Columbus free throw competition has been postponed.

Here's the latest Cold Spring forecast. And here is the latest info from the MTA and Metro-North; the widget on the left of the page gives rail updates. Meanwhile, many State Police no doubt wish Saturday never came. Four troop cars sustained varying amounts of damage and one trooper wound up in the hospital following a series of crashes along the interstate near Exit 19 in Southeast during the height of the season's first substantial snow of the year.

St. Mary's lawn in Cold Spring quickly became a playground. Photo/Rob GarnseySt. Mary's lawn in Cold Spring quickly became a playground. Photo/Rob GarnseyTrooper Strauss radioed for assistance and troopers from Brewster, Somers, East Fishkill and Troop K headquarters in Millbrook rushed to the scene along with EMS personnel from the Brewster and Putnam Lake Fire Departments. Strauss was taken to Putnam Hospital Center and according to Sgt. Daley was treated in the emergency room and was later released.

Daley said as police were investigating the crash another truck came along, jacknifed and slid out of control before slamming into three other state police cruisers forcing troopers to shut down the interstate from Exit 19 to the Putnam-Danbury state line. A dispatcher at the Putnam 911 Center in Carmel described the scene as a "demolition derby."

Daley said no other injuries were reported at the I-84 crash although the damaged cars were taken out of service.

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