YORKTOWN, N.Y. – With a spring-like sun beating down around noon Wednesday, town officials stood in front of Yorktown’s highway garage and warned residents of a Thursday morning storm that could bring as much as 10 inches of snow to the area.
As of this writing, the National Weather Association is predicting between 5 and 11 inches of snow accumulation starting at 1 a.m. Supervisor Michael Grace said it is likely to be “the biggest storm of the winter season.”
“The expectation is for 10 inches, maybe more, maybe less,” Grace said. “But Yorktown has always been at the forefront of being prepared.”
Grace said the town’s emergency command center and emergency shelter at the Yorktown Community and Cultural Center will be ready to go if necessary. He urged residents to view the town’s website and Facebook page for updates.
In addition to the snow, Grace said the town is also concerned about high winds, which could bring power outages.
Highway Superintendent Dave Paganelli said his department has 65 trucks ready to go and that he will be bringing all of his staff in around 2 a.m.
“We’ll be prepared to go at the first flake,” Paganelli said.
Paganelli said his biggest concern is the timing of the storm: snowfall is expected to be heaviest during the morning commute. During that time, Paganelli said snow could be falling at 1-2 inches per hour, and it takes his crew about four hours to plow the entire town.
“We’ll be out there,” he said. “Hopefully it won’t be as bad as anticipated. But should it be, we are prepared and we are ready to go out and keep our streets safe.”
Paganelli said the town could declare a “snow emergency,” meaning all “non-essential” vehicles would be prohibited from being on the road.
“If you’re not on the road in a storm, it helps us to clear the roads,” Grace said. “If your car is not properly equipped with decent tires and you do get stuck, you can cause a lot more trouble than just you being stuck.”
Police Chief Robert Noble said residents should charge their cell phones in case there is a power outage. He also urged residents to call the Yorktown Police Department at 914-962-4141 if they have any issues.
“Please don’t park on the roadways,” Noble said. “We don’t want you driving, but also let the good people of the Yorktown Highway Department do their jobs as safely and effectively as possible. Just use good judgment.”