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Prepare Now For Storm, Power Outages, County Urges Westchester Residents

Much of the area is expected to get as much as a foot-and-a-half of snow.
Much of the area is expected to get as much as a foot-and-a-half of snow. Photo Credit: Gabriella Mirabelli
Snowfall projections for the entire region.
Snowfall projections for the entire region. Photo Credit: AccuWeather.com

With Mother Nature expected to bring around a foot-and-a-half of snow or more to Westchester, Con Edison is cautioning customers that they should take extra care to prepare for the hazardous weather, which may result in power outages and "other inconveniences."

According to the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the state is anticipating that between 16 and 20 inches of snow may fall in the lower Hudson Valley. State police have cautioned that the storm may impact the region until Wednesday night, causing a combination of low visibility and slippery roadways, creating “treacherous travel conditions.”

In advance of the snow, local officials have released a series of tips to help Westchester residents get through the storm.

  • Shovel snow in moderation, particularly if you have any medical condition or you do not exercise regularly.
  • It is the responsibility of the property owner to clear the sidewalk in front of that property.
  • Do not shovel snow from driveways and sidewalks into the street.
  • Most fire hydrants are covered by snow. If you can, please shovel out the snow around hydrants near your property.
  • Before driving, clear snow from vehicle windows and roofs.
  • Check on elderly and disabled relatives, neighbors and friends.
  • Do not walk behind plow vehicles; it is difficult for plow operators to see you.
  • Be on the look out for falling ice and snow from roofs and gutters.
  • A lot of heavy snow and ice has accumulated on roofs. Do not stand under structures that are not well-supported.
  • If you have no heat or hot water in rental apartments, call your local building department or, during after hours, the local police.
  • Remember to be prepared before your power goes out; it will be too later after it goes out.

While inside, homeowners should maintain a room with a temperature of at least 68 degrees, and an oven should not be used as a heating device. When outside, residents should wear layers of warm, dry clothing to create pockets of insulated warm air. Wool or fleece fabric should be utilized, if possible, since cotton dries slowly.

Officials noted that residents should be wary of hypothermia and frostbite. They have also been advised to drink warm, non-alcoholic beverages such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and soup.

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