GREENPORT–Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murrell issued an advisement to all county residents due to Winter Storm Stella, March 13, according to the Columbia County Emergency Management Office (CCEMO).
Winter Storm and Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the entire county, the CCEMO announced via a CodeRed phone alert to residents Monday evening.
It is expected that Columbia County may receive up to 24 inches of snow depending on location and the track of the storm. It is recommended that residents who do not need to travel tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) should stay off of the streets and roadways.
Be careful of blowing and drifting snow. The Columbia County Emergency Management Office will provide updates on the CCEMO Facebook page, the county website and by CodeRed if conditions warrant it.
At 4:07 p.m. Monday, March 13, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a blizzard warning for eastern Columbia County, in effect from midnight tonight (Monday, March 13) to midnight EDT Tuesday night, March 14.
The NWS identified hazard types of:
*Heavy snowfall, white-out conditions and blowing and drifting of snow
*Snow accumulations of 18 to 24 inches
*Snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches per hour during the day Tuesday, March 14
*Extremely dangerous travel conditions due to snow-covered roads, white-out conditions along with blowing and drifting snow
*Winds from the northeast 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
This blowing snow will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. Those who must travel should have a winter survival kit with them. If travelers get stranded, they should stay with their vehicles.
The only State of Emergency currently in effect is the declaration made by Governor Cuomo on Monday. That declaration does not restrict travel in Columbia County in any way, according to CCEMO. It is simply a procedural declaration that allows State government to move assets more expeditiously in response to the storm. This may change as the conditions warrant, but for now – that’s all it is. That said, both Governor Cuomo and Chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Murell have urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel.
Chatham Village Mayor Tom Curran has declared a snow emergency in the Village of Chatham. This means that cars must be moved from Kinderhook Street, Woodbridge from Hoffman to Church Street, Austerlitz Street, Maiden Lane, Cemetery Hill, High Street and Library Place.
Cars can be parked in the southern end of the Depot Square parking lot. Cars left on the snow emergency streets are subject to being towed. This is a safety issue as these streets may become impassable if cars remain there and snow totals reach forecast amounts.