Local forecasters at the National Weather Service in Binghamton are predicting that temperatures Monday night and Tuesday could be the coldest in a decade or more. In a detailed briefing issued Monday morning, NWS forecasters warned that Tuesday would be the coldest day of the cold snap, with temperatures down to 10 below zero or lower and wind chills of up to 30 to 35 below zero in their forecast area, which extends to the western Catskills.
We're tracking the local impacts of the cold front in real time on Storify. Let us know of any road accidents, power outages or other issues in your neighborhood at [email protected], and we'll post them to the liveblog below. (We'll gladly share your gorgeous ice pictures, too.) The latest updates appear at the top of the liveblog.
Thousands of households in rural Delaware County lost power during the early morning hours on Saturday, January 4, in a NYSEG power outage that struck on the same night as a brutal cold snap.
The outage struck over 4,000 of NYSEG's customers in the county, according to a post on Facebook from the Downsville Volunteer Fire Department. Other reports on social media indicated that power outages occurred in Walton, Delhi, Hamden, Colchester, Bovina and possibly other towns in the county. The outages occurred around 2:30 a.m., and power was restored within a few hours.
Skies over the Catskills are dazzling blue today, in the wake of a snowstorm that left over a foot of snow in some areas. But watch out -- with temperatures in the single digits, and expected to fall below zero overnight, it's still frostbite weather out there. Read more
In the Hudson Valley, I-84 will be closed to commercial traffic starting at 5 p.m. At midnight, I-84, the New York State Thruway south of Albany, and the Long Island Expressway will all be closed to all traffic.
Officials tentatively plan to reopen the roads at 5 a.m., but will make a decision based on road conditions by 4 a.m., according to a report by the Associated Press.
Three local residents and a dog were drowned in two separate accidents in Delaware County this week, the New York State Police announced Thursday morning. In both incidents, the victims apparently fell through thin ice and succumbed to hypothermia.
The first victim, 74-year-old Marvin Taub of Oneonta, was reported missing on the evening of Monday, December 30, after he failed to return from walking his neighbor's dogs at the Pine Lake campus of Hartwick College in Davenport. A search was organized, with state troopers, forest rangers, Hartwick College public safety officers, and Davenport fire and EMS personnel.
Taub's body was recovered from a frozen pond on the campus on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 31, after searchers found tracks leading to the pond. Delaware County medical examiner James Cooros examined Taub and declared the cause of death to be accidental drowning and hypothermia. Read more
A snowstorm moving into upstate New York from the southwest is expected to dump heavy snow on the Catskills, starting this afternoon and continuing overnight.
A combination of heavy snow, blowing winds and subzero temperatures will make travel in the region extremely dangerous during the fiercest part of the storm. Total snow accumulations should reach 6 to 12 inches across most of the Catskills, with up to 15 inches in some areas. Read more
The National Weather Service at Binghamton has issued a flood warning for the West Branch in Walton, effective from the morning of Sunday, Dec. 22 through Monday afternoon.
At 9 p.m. on Saturday, when the warning was issued, the river was at 7.3 feet and rising. The West Branch will continue to rise throughout the day on Sunday, and is expected to crest at 10.5 feet -- minor flood stage -- at around 6 p.m.
The rest of Delaware County is under a flood watch through Monday morning, due to the combination of rain and rapid snowmelt. A warning is more serious than a watch: A watch indicates that flooding is possible, while a warning means flooding is imminent or already underway. Read more
Above: Lucky Dog Farm Store in Hamden sells local groceries and serves lunch. Photo by Richard A. Smith.
In many ways, the Catskills region is the land that time forgot. Too rural to attract droves of big-box stores, and too stubborn to change fast, the little mountain towns are still home to many old traditions that have gone the way of the dodo elsewhere in the world. Among them is the old-fashioned general store, where residents and visitors alike can eat a home-cooked meal, pick up a few necessities and catch up on the latest news with friends and neighbors. Read more
Here at the WP, we're tracking the weather in real time, and will share weather updates in the Storify widget below as they come in. The latest updates are at the top. If you have a photo, video or eyewitness account you'd like to share with us, you can email it to us at [email protected] or tweet it to us at @watershedpost. Please let us know if you see local road closings, accidents or other dangerous conditions out there. (And send us pix of snowmen/snow women/snow aliens/etc. We want those, too.)
Happy first big storm of the year. We wish you snow forts and hot cocoa.
The Catskills region will see some snow, but not as much as our neighbors to the south and east. An inch or two at most is expected in the region, with the heaviest accumulations forecast for Ulster County.