So, let's start with the good news-- most of our Town residents have had their power restored, and the handful of spots that do not yet have power back are expected to be up and running shortly. The crews that are in Town now are here to stay and are focused at this moment on clearing the roadways. Con Ed has assured us we will keep these crews through what comes next...
Which is to say, snow is coming. Depending on which model you are following, we could start getting precipitation as early as 10PM tonight, but it seems the serious snow will be coming around rush hour tomorrow morning (Wednesday). It also seems inevitable that we will have more than 6 inches of accumulation on the ground before all is said and done tomorrow evening, and possibly as much as a foot and a half.
The Village of Ossining will be declaring a State of Emergency as of 6PM this evening (Tuesday, March 6th) which will remain in effect until further notice, which means that stopping, standing or parking is prohibited on designated Snow Emergency Streets (which are clearly marked)-- if you leave your car there anyway, it will be towed, as it will obstruct the Village DPW from keeping the streets clear for emergency responders. For your quick reference, here is a list of the affected streets:
Broad Avenue, South From South Highland Avenue to State Street
Croton Avenue, Both Sides, Entire length
Dale Avenue, Both Sides, Entire length
Edward Street, West Side, From Broad Avenue to Washington Avenue
Everett Avenue, South Side, From South Highland Avenue to Spring Street
Ferris Place, West Side, Entire length
Lafayette Avenue, South Side, From Spring Street to State Street
Main Street, Both Sides, Entire length
North Highland Avenue, Both Sides, Entire length
Pleasantville Road, Both Sides, Entire length
Secor Road, Both Sides, Entire length
South Highland Avenue, Both Sides, Entire length
Spring Street, West Side, Entire length
State Street, West Side, Entire length
William Street, South Side, From South Highland Avenue to State Street
The Village of Ossining said they have also made the decision to close offices for non-essential personnel for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 7th.)
As far as the Town is concerned, we are going to follow suit and close offices for non-essential personnel tomorrow. We also ask that folks observe our regular Town of Ossining parking restrictions, which are in place until March 31st, and not park on the streets overnight. The police will be enforcing this rule during the snowstorm in all Town neighborhoods to ensure the pass-ability of our roads, so please help us help you.
In addition, here is some more information you need to know:
- Dry ice continues to be available in Yorktown at the KMart Shopping Center and at New Rochelle City Hall's back lot until 8PM. If the locations change for tomorrow, we will let you know.
- The Village of Ossining will open the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center as a warming center tomorrow morning at 9AM and will remain staffed until 9PM. All amenities besides the pool will be available.
- The Town's Senior Nutrition program delivered extra meals to our homebound seniors today because they will be closed tomorrow. We are hopeful that we will be open at our normal time on Thursday, March 8th, but please check here and on the Town's Facebook page for updated information as the storm progresses.
- Be sure to charge up all devices in case of power outages, fuel up your car, and make sure you have plenty of flashlights, batteries and bottled water on hand. Consider downloading the Con Ed app to your smartphone (you will need your account number handy to set it up for the first time, so now would be better than later!)
- Please do your best to stay off the roadways so that our plows can keep them clear for emergency responders. If you absolutely must travel, be sure to keep extra clothes, blankets, a flashlight, snacks and water in your car in case you get stuck.
- If you have elderly neighbors nearby, please do your best to check on them.
- If you do have a power outage, call 1-800-75-CONED or report it through the app, or send a a text saying "REG" to "OUTAGE". Calling 911 to report an outage is not the appropriate avenue, as it ties up the State Police who are working on serious emergencies. Call 911 only if you have an emergency.
- Steer clear of any and all downed wires. If you see a wire down, call Con Edison first and then call the local police.
We will keep you posted throughout the storm as we get more information. Although it may seem premature to talk about clean-up, we have found that we simply cannot stress this enough-- once the snow has stopped falling, please please please do not shovel your snow into the road, or move your car to the edge of your driveway or into the street to clear it. Besides making more work for our plow guys, who have been working practically non-stop for days, it also endangers your neighbors and first responders on the road. Which is to say, it is simply not cool. If you have a contractor shovel or plow you out, please stress this to them as well. I am quite sure you will be more polite than we will if they're caught in the act!
Mother Nature has certainly dealt us a complex hand this week, but we will get through this together! Now that power has been restored to the Ossining Public Library, go grab a speed read (and maybe an HBO series on DVD?) and retire to your sofa. With our partners, we will take it from here.
Finally, please note-- the Town Board will be meeting for their regularly-scheduled Work Session/ Special Meeting tonight at 7:30PM at the Courthouse on Spring Street. No worries about parking if you plan to attend-- we will let the OPD know to please hold off on ticketing on Spring Street for the duration of the Town Board Meeting. If you opt to stream this meeting live from home, you will not be missing out-- there will be no public comment permitted during the Work Session.
Due to the forecast, the Village of Ossining will be holding their Legislative Session tonight (instead of the regularly-scheduled Wednesday) at 16 Croton Avenue tonight (Tuesday) at 7:15PM.