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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A 33-year-old Olivebridge man was fatally shot by a coworker at the Kingston office of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection at 71 Smith Avenue around 6:45 a.m. on Monday morning. A suspect in the shooting was taken into custody at the scene shortly after the incident. Read more