But officials said there were no major problems with power outages.
The only people out Thursday morning were those clearing away the snow and a few dedicated people who had to get to work.
Treacherous roads made for dangerous driving conditions all over the Hudson Valley. Road crews were busy all night amid the accumulating snow.
At some points you couldn’t see the pavement because the snow was coming down so fast.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday warned of the potential dangers the storm could cause to New Yorkers.
“State and local emergency response assets and personnel have been staged throughout the state and are ready to help keep all New Yorkers safe as this powerful system moves through the Northeast,” Cuomo said. “This is our first major storm of the season, and I’m urging the public to stay home this evening and throughout the overnight hours to let our crews do their jobs and clear the roads. Just remember – if you’re stuck in traffic, our plows are too.”
A State of Emergency was declared in Mount Vernon, New York effective at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Heavy snow accumulations and wind gusts of up to 45 mph were expected.
In Westchester County, County Executive George Latimer cautioned about the possibility of downed trees and power lines, power outages, coastal flooding and dangerous travel conditions.
The county’s Department of Emergency Services and the health department advised anyone in the path of the storm have plenty of batteries on hand for flashlights and battery-powered radios and to keep cell phones and other important electronic devices fully charged.
And in Rockland County, Executive Ed Day and Superintendent of Highways Charles “Skip” Vezzetti warned residents to take precautions ahead of the storm.
“Rockland County Highway crews began pre-treating our roads with anti-icing brine today and will be ready to go when the storm hits tomorrow afternoon or evening,” Vezzetti said. “Our crews have been practicing their routes every Wednesday since early November to identify and correct any obstacles, and we’re keeping a close eye on the forecast as we fine tune our plans for the next few days.”
Rockland was mobilizing 24 snow removal trucks with four reserve trucks to travel 24 routes and clear 170 center line miles of county roads.
“The key to keeping our roads clear is having as many cars off of them as possible during the storm,” Day said. “While we’ve seen less volume on the roads as more people are working from home during the pandemic, we’re asking residents to, if possible, make arrangements to get home ahead of the storm.”
Two dozen salt trucks were ready for what was expected to be a long night ahead. Rockland County officials said 50 additional line crews, along with tree trimming trucks, were on standby as calls were expected to come in through the night.
With heavy snow and high winds predicted, Orange and Rockland Utilities declared a storm watch.
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