Winter storm causing closures, states of emergency
March 14, 2017 08:08 PM
CAPITAL REGION -- The flakes started flying early Tuesday morning.
The Capital Region is expected to see between 14 and 24 inches before the storm slows down Tuesday night. Other areas like the Berkshires could see as much as 16 to 30 inches of the white stuff. Much of the NewsChannel 13 viewing area is under a blizzard warning through 4 a.m. Wednesday.
With major snowfall expected, many Capital Region municipalities have declared snow emergencies.
STATES OF EMERGENCY
A state of emergency has been declared across all of New York State. Some smaller counties and cities have also declared their own state of emergency.
Albany County declared a state of emergency and closed county offices, effective at 5 a.m. Tuesday. County workers are asked not to report to work, but the order doesn't apply to DPW or the Albany County Nursing Home.
There is also a state of emergency in Greene County, Montgomery County and the town of Colonie.
The city of Schenectady has also declared a state of emergency starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, there is also a TRAVEL BAN in place for all non-essential drivers.
There is also a TRAVEL BAN in the city of Amsterdam as of 4 p.m. The only vehicles allowed on the streets are emergency vehicles, Department of Public Works vehicles and essential public service vehicles. That travel ban will be lifted at 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, but a state of emergency there remains in effect until further notice.
Saratoga Springs declared a state of emergency as well. City Hall will be closed Tuesday. All non-essential city employees are asked to stay home for the day. All residents and travelers are asked to limit travel on city roads.T
PLANES AND TRAINS
The storm is wreaking havoc at Albany International Airport. All remaining departing flights have been cancelled for the rest of the day. The airport is expected to have very limited air service on Wednesday. That's expected to improve later in the day.
Amtrak has suspended all service between Albany and Boston and Albany and NYC. Other runs are operating on a modified schedule.
Town of Colonie offices closed at 9:30 a.m. All essential services remain operational.
The Clifton Park town hall will be closed Tuesday. All previously scheduled meetings are also canceled. All non-essential town employees do not have to report to work.
Greene County offices will be closed on Tuesday as well. The county declared a state of emergency banning all non-essential travel on county and local roads. The state of emergency is in effect until further notice.
All non-essential Saratoga County employees will be released from work at noon Tuesday due to worsening weather conditions, as will employees in Montgomery County.
Warren County closed their offices at 10 a.m.
SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS CLOSURES
Hundreds of local schools and businesses have closed for the day. New York activated its Emergency Operations Center on Monday night, and non-essential state employees were told to stay home Tuesday.
All Capital Bank offices will be closed all day Tuesday. Electronic banking channels will be available through smartphones, tablets and computers.
MVP Health Care offices are closed Tuesday.
Most stores at the Capital Regions major malls are closed today. That includes Crossgates Mall, Colonie Center, Clifton Park Center, Wilton Mall and Viaport Rotterdam.Colonie Center, Clifton Park Center, Wilton Mall and Viaport Rotterdam.
The Lee Premium Outlets in Lee, Mass. will be closed Tuesday before reopening at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
CDTA is running on a normal weekday schedule. The latest information can be found at cdta.org.
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route bus service will not run on Tuesday.
LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS
Many libraries in the area are closed today.
The New York State Museum is also closed today.
The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. is closed too.
All postal facilities in ZIP codes that begin with 120, 121, 122, and 123 are closed Tuesday. Employees should call the postal hotline for reporting instructions.
UPS also won't do any pick-ups or deliveries in Vermont due to the storm. More service areas could be added during the storm. To check your zip code, click here.
Crews from the New York State Department of Transportation will be out in full force keeping roadways clear. The agency has more than 2,200 plows and other snow removal vehicles at the ready and more 3,800 operators and supervisors. They also have 443,000 tons of salt to work with.
NewsChannel 13 will have team coverage of the storm throughout the day and night on-air and online.
Updated: March 14, 2017 08:08 PM
Created: March 14, 2017 05:20 AM
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