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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 editor@watershedpost.com, 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 julia.reischel@watershedpost.com, 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.

Community biomass heating: Creating a "market for crummy trees"

The plan to heat the village of Fleischmanns with a communal wood boiler will live or die on community buy-in, according to Jim Waters, the director of the Catskill Forest Association (CFA), which is spearheading the proposed project. 

Waters gave a presentation about the village's plan to switch from oil heat to a community wood-fired boiler on Saturday, February 1. Videographer Jessica Vecchione was onhand, and put together a short video about the meeting, above. 

"If you have a hundred different businesses and family homes that feed into this and buy into this, then it will work," said Waters at the meeting. "So it's up to the community whether they want this project to work or not."   Read more

Snowstorm could dump 10-18 inches on the Catskills overnight

That pink swath over most of the Northeast and Midwest? That's winter storm warnings, issued for a band of snow and sleet that's moving northeastward across the nation. Source: National Weather Service.

Skies over the Catskills are dazzling blue, but by tonight, the first flakes of a winter storm that could dump as much as 18 inches in the mountains will begin to fall. 

The storm is expected to begin around midnight, and continue through Wednesday. Hudson Valley Weather is forecasting 10 to 18 inches of heavy, wet snow for the Catskills, beginning in the west and spreading east.  Read more

Fatal shooting at DEP office in Kingston

Left: David N. Reese, who was arrested and charged with murder in the 2nd degree after allegedly shooting a coworker at the DEP on February 3, 2014. Photo via the Kingston Police Department's Facebook page. 

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

DEP touts increased access for boaters, hikers and hunters in 2013

Fishing on the Pepacton Reservoir: Has that umbrella been steam-cleaned? Photo taken July 17, 2013; from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Flickr page.

In the past few years, there's been a shift of attitude at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), where officials are increasingly rolling out a welcome mat for hikers, boaters, anglers and hunters who want to use city property. On lands near the city's west-of-Hudson reservoirs, where once hiking groups had trouble even getting permission to cross DEP property, the agency is now actively working with hiking groups to build trails.  Read more