2012-12-26 / Front Page

Western Putnam Digs Out from Second Storm in 4 Days

About 6 inches fall Saturday
Eric Gross
The Hudson Valley was blanketed with about 6 inches of snow Saturday.  Locals woke up to glistening hills and an icy looking river. Photo/Elizabeth AilesThe Hudson Valley was blanketed with about 6 inches of snow Saturday. Locals woke up to glistening hills and an icy looking river. Photo/Elizabeth Ailes

The final snows of 2012 have caused both beauty and chaos around Putnam County, and by storm's end, it had left about 6 inches across western Putnam. Today is expected to be blustery, with a high of 31.

Heavy snow began falling around 11:30 a.m. Saturday and by mid-afternoon roads were covered with a slippery coating of snow resulting in numerous crashes. Here's the latest Cold Spring forecast.

State Police were forced to shut down the Taconic State Parkway from Route 6 in Jefferson Valley to the Route 84 interchange in East Fishkill due to numerous accidents.

Tommy Underwood takes his pooch for a walk in the snow. Photo/Eric GrossTommy Underwood takes his pooch for a walk in the snow. Photo/Eric Gross

Police said sections of the TSP in Putnam Valley and Mahopac were especially treacherous.

One man was injured when his car slid off Route 6 in Carmel at Meadowlark Drive necessitating assistance from Carmel FD personnel and the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The victim was taken to Putnam Hospital Center.

While driving was a chore, residents out for a relaxing outdoor adventure found one. On Lakeshore Drive, Justin Carroll took his four year old daughter Lucy out for a sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Carmel.

Groups of snow lovers frolicked in the snow along the banks of Peach Lake in Southeast while Tommy Underwood of Mahopac enjoyed taking his dog for a walk in Kent.

A young girl and her dad bonded while cleaning snow from the family’s driveway in Carmel—dad using a snow blower and daughter a shovel received for Christmas.

Here's the text of the weather advisory the region is under:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
337 PM EST SAT DEC 29 2012

...WINTRY WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH TONIGHT...

CTZ005-009-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>071-300500-
/O.CON.KOKX.WW.Y.0011.000000T0000Z-121230T1100Z/
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-
WESTERN ESSEX-EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-
PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-
337 PM EST SAT DEC 29 2012

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST
SUNDAY...

* LOCATIONS...THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY OF NEW YORK...FAIRFIELD
  COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST CONNECTICUT...AND NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY.

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.

* TEMPERATURES...FALLING TO 20 TO 25.

* TIMING...LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO
  THIS EVENING.

* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL INTO TONIGHT.

* WINDS...NORTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

&&
 Here's an earlier story on the first storm:

Cold Spring is digging out from several inches of snow late Wednesday and overnight into Thursday, and more snow is expected Saturday.

Philipstown saw several inches of snow late Wednesday into Thursday, but cleanup is well in hand. Photo/Dennis Mazzuca
Philipstown saw several inches of snow late Wednesday into Thursday, but cleanup is well in hand. Photo/Dennis Mazzuca

The winter storm slammed into Putnam County Wednesday afternoon, with snow, high winds, some ice, and very slick roads. Preparations began early in Cold Spring, as many residents moved their cars to the backup lot across from the Haldane field and the municipal lot near the Riverview. The snow hit about 4, and by 5 p.m. Wednesday, most roads were a mess.

Here's the current Cold Spring forecast for more details, including for Saturday. If you have notable storm photos you'd like to share, send to editor@pcnr.com.

Eastern Putnam was hit badly, too. Here's a report from our Eric Gross:

Wednesday night’s snow and sleet that caused chaos on area roads turned to rain this morning resulting in a sloppy mess for area commuters.

As much as four inches of snow fell on sections of Carmel and Mahopac Wednesday evening before the precipitation turned to freezing rain that resulted in hundreds of vehicle mishaps on state, county, town and village roads.


Matters got so bad that State Police were forced to shut down I-84 from the Route 684 interchange in Southeast to the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill—a 14 mile stretch as well as the Taconic State Parkway from Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley to the I-84 interchange in Dutchess County.


State Police Troop K Major Michael Kopy said traffic had come to a standstill on both major highways due to the extremely slippery conditions and vehicles sliding off the roads.


While the Putnam 9-1-1 Center was deluged with calls for assistance resulting from crashes, only four of the mishaps involved personal injury—two in Southeast, one in Mahopac and one in Putnam Valley.


Members of the Brewster, Patterson, Putnam Valley and East Fishkill Fire Departments were pressed into action with fire police officers assigned to each department setting up cones and flares preventing traffic from entering the highways at various entrance ramps.


Trips home from work for many local residents became excursions.


Norma Greene of Carmel got as far as Mt. Kisco from her place of employment in Tarrytown: “I started out alright but road conditions soon deteriorated and when I-684 became a parking lot I decided to get off and spend the night with family instead of risking my life trying to get back home.”


Barry Masters of Kent also had a hair raising trip home. He left work in White Plains at 4 p.m. and by 5:30 had reached the Katonah exit on I-684. He exited the highway and took secondary roads arriving home at 9 o’clock. “I needed a stiff drink after that journey,” he said.


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