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Trailways service cancelled in the Catskills for Thursday

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. 

A full list of the Trailways New York cancellations is posted on the bus company's website.

Snowstorm to hit Catskills on Thursday

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. 

Snow will begin to fall Thursday morning, become heavier in the afternoon, and continue overnight. Forecasters expect travel conditions to be dangerous in the area from Thursday through Friday morning  Read more

Measles patient at Albany Medical Center may have exposed others

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced Thursday that a young child with measles had been admitted to Albany Medical Center, and that patients who were in certain parts of the hospital on Friday, Jan. 31 or Saturday, Feb. 1 may have been exposed. 

This case is the second confirmed in the Capital Region this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the DOH reported that a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had come down with the highly contagious disease.  Read more

New ice rink opens in Delhi

Above: Delhi firefighters filling the town's new ice rink last week. Photo from the Delhi Fire Department's Facebook page.

Rockefeller Center, eat your heart out. On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Delaware County town of Delhi will celebrate the opening of a new public ice rink.

The ice rink is on Sheldon Drive, near Delaware Academy, and skaters can park at the school. The grand opening will be at 11 a.m., with free refreshments and skates available to borrow, according to an announcement on the town's website. Skating at the ice rink will be free of charge.

The rink is a collaboration between the town and the village of Delhi, said village mayor Richard Maxey. Both the town and the village have chipped in for the portable ink, which according to Maxey cost about $5,000. The Delhi Fire Department helped out by filling the rink, and the school is doing its part by providing parking and benches for skaters to sit on.   Read more

I-84 reopens

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared I-84 in New York State closed to all traffic due to snow and ice conditions

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.

The snowbound Catskills

Snow falling on cedars...and hemlocks, oaks, and maples. (Not to mention sidewalks, driveways and interstates.)

Below are few of the stunning photos taken by Watershed Post readers around the Catskills in the last few days. Got one to share? Add it to our Flickr group pool, or send it to us at [email protected], and we'll include it in this post.

Taken before the storm: A gorgeous mountain view from the Ashokan Dreams Bed & Breakfast in West Shokan. Photo by Chester Karwatowski. 

 

Catskills hoop dreams: Not a footprint on this snowed-in basketball court in rural Meredith. Photo by Fred Harris. 

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Delaware County road closure lifts at 2 p.m.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday afternoon that a county-wide road closure, which was announced early in the morning, would be lifted at 2 p.m.: 

The road closure for Delaware County will be lifted at effective 2pm today. Even though roads will be open at 2pm a travel advisory remains in effect and all unnecessary travel is discouraged through 11pm this evening.

On Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a ban on all vehicles on I-84 in New York State. The closure is still in effect, as of this post.

Update, 2 p.m.: The Times Herald-Record reports that I-84 has reopened in Orange County, but remains closed in Dutchess and Putnam counties.

Governor declares state of emergency because of snowstorm

During a press conference this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency due to the winter storm and asked New York State residents to stay off the roads. Cuomo's office issued a press release soon afterwards. 

Here's the full text of the press release, below. 

Governor Cuomo Declares Statewide State of Emergency

Full Vehicle Ban in Effect for I-84 as Large Winter Storm Impacts All Regions of the State
State Replenishing Supplies of Road Salt for Downstate Localities

Albany, NY (February 5, 2014)

Governor Cuomo today declared a state of emergency for all of New York State, effective immediately as a winter storm continues to bring heavy snow, ice, and freezing rain to communities in both the upstate and downstate regions.  Read more

Snow day: Roads, schools and offices closed around Catskills

Above: Better put on those snow boots. Photo by Julia Reischel. Send your Catskills snow day photos to [email protected], share them on our Facebook page, or upload them to our Flickr pool. We'll share 'em. 

Between 8 and 10 inches of snow have fallen across the western Catskills region last night, according to the National Weather Service office in Binghamton. (The Binghamton weather folks are asking for photos of rulers in snow from the around the region this morning. So far, they've collected some good ones.)

This morning, county offices, schools and many major roads are closed.   Read more

All Delaware County roads closed

All roads in Delaware County are closed today, according to a an order issued by Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills via email at 6:25am:

By Order of Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills - All roads in Delaware County are officially closed due to current and expected weather related road conditions. No travel is permitted except for emergency travel and mandated services.