Top: Bill Pullman with Jessica Vecchione, the founder of the Catskill Mountains Film Festival. Photo by Riikka Olson, via the CMFF Facebook page. Above: Bill Pullman explains his relationship to the Catskills. Video shot by festival founder Jessica Veccchione.
Above: Snow falling thick and fast at 11:40 a.m. in Margaretville at the WP HQ.
This winter isn't over yet. The National Weather Service in Albany is predicting that a "quick burst" of 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall in the eastern Catskills this afternoon -- specifically in Greene, Schoharie and Ulster counties. The snowfall rate will be heavy -- about an inch per hour.
It has already started snowing that hard in Margaretville. See our video above.
1. We heart art. On Valentine's Day, meet and mingle with the artists in permanent residence at the Woodstock Commons, a new affordable-housing center for artists, seniors and working families. "Share The Love," a gallery show featuring the artists' work along with artwork by children who live in the building, will open on Friday, Feb. 14, with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Work by Avigayil Landsman, Sasha Sun, Laura Katz and Mercedes Cecilia will be on display, and the evening will feature a special performance by resident musician Barry Garneau.
Craft beer drinkers of the greater Catskills region, rejoice: many new taps will flow this spring.
Between April and June, three new breweries are scheduled to debut, offering small-batch brews from the hands of two industry veterans and one newcomer.
Up first is Hunter Mountain Brewery, a microbrewery and restaurant created by longtime local brewmaster Nat Collins, co-founder of the annual TAP-NY Craft Beer & Fine Food Festival. Hunter Mountain Brewery, slated for late April, is now under construction in the former home of the Fireside Restaurant, along Route 23A between Hunter and Tannersville. Read more
With a snowstorm approaching the Catskills region, Trailways New York has cancelled all service on several routes that go through the area for Thursday, Feb. 12. Many other routes throughout upstate New York are also cancelled or are operating on a limited schedule.
All service is suspended for Thursday along the Utica to Kingston line, which stops in Woodstock, Phoenicia, Pine Hill, Margaretville, Delhi, Oneonta and other intermediate stops.
Also cancelled for Thursday: The line that runs between Kingston and New York City, which stops at New Paltz and Rosendale.
Above: Graphic from the National Weather Service showing weather watches, warnings and advisories in upstate New York as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The area in pink, stretching across the southern Catskills and Hudson Valley, is under winter storm warning; counties in dark blue are under winter storm watch.
A nor'easter moving up the East Coast is expected to drop anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of snow on the Catskills on Thursday, with the heaviest accumulations in the southeastern part of the region.
Around 2 p.m., Cuomo's office announced that the road had been reopened throughout New York State:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the reopening of Interstate 84 between the Pennsylvania and Connecticut borders. This morning’s ban on commercial and passenger vehicles will be lifted effective immediately.
“State crews have been working diligently to clear snow and ice from roadways across the State,” Governor Cuomo said. “It is important to note that while the vehicle ban on I-84 has been lifted all motorists should proceed with caution as slippery road conditions may remain in certain areas.”
Motorists can also get real-time traffic information, including road closures and winter road conditions by calling 511 or visiting www.511NY.org. The phone and web services provide travelers with up-to-the-minute traffic conditions and links to information about air, rail and transit services.