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Weather Service: Snowstorm one for the record books

Amanda Purcell/Columbia-Greene MediaNational Guardsmen shovel snow around fire hydrants on Warren Street on Tuesday. About 3,000 Guardsmen were deployed to the Capital Region by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday after a two-day snowstorm dropped more than a foot of snow in the region.
December 3, 2019 08:12 am Updated: December 3, 2019 01:52 pm

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, there are 49 power outages in Greene County following the snowstorm.

Central Hudson reports power is out for 33 customers in Cairo, three in Catskill, two in Durham, 10 in Greenville and one in New Baltimore.

Restoration time in Cairo and Durham is expected at noon Tuesday, and at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Greenville. The utility company does not have a restoration time yet for New Baltimore.

There are no power outages reported by NYSEG or National Grid. No outages have been reported in Columbia County.

The two-day snowstorm that began Sunday made the record books as the fourth biggest snowstorm in December on record, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. The snow storm was also the eighth biggest snowstorm of all time, and the most snow in one storm since March 13-14, 1993.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a state of emergency for the Capital Region, including Columbia and Greene counties, Monday.

“I’m also deploying 300 members of the National Guard to assist with snow removal and clean-up operations in these counties,” Cuomo said in a statement.

National Guardsmen and women were deployed to the village of Chatham to help snow remove around fire hydrants, according to the village. Snow emergency and parking restrictions in the village of Chatham will expire at noon today, Tuesday, according to a statement from Mayor John Howe.

The governor’s declaration came after the first part of the season’s first major snowstorm swept through the Twin Counties from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. The National Weather Service in Albany issued a winter storm warning for Columbia and Greene counties, effective from 11 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.

In Columbia County, Austerlitz saw 17 inches of snowfall; Kinderhook, 14 inches; Livingston, 14 inches; Canaan 13 inches; and Ancramdale, 11.4 inches. In Greene County, Greenville Center, 20.5 inches; West Kill, 15 inches; Catskill, 14.2 inches; and Halcott Center, 13 inches.

Many businesses and restaurants in the Twin Counties were forced to close early or not open at all due to hazardous conditions on the roads Monday.

The NY Restaurant also closed on Monday, but will be open today, owner Natasha Witka said.

“We closed yesterday because our staff couldn’t get into work,” Witka said.

The Juice Branch, Catskill, was forced to close but will be open regular hours today, owner Natasha Law said.

“We decided it was better to stay safe inside with our families,” Law said. “DPW and the plow guys did a great job cleaning up and we appreciate them.”

Schools in the Twin Counties were delayed or closed as plow crews continued to clear snow from the roads Tuesday morning. Columbia County public transportation was running on schedule as of 9 a.m.

“I’m worried about the back roads not being cleared,” said UPS driver Marianne Thompson, of Athens, whose route goes through Chatham. There are some steep hills that go for half a mile, and I’m worried they won’t be clear. But I’m hoping they [the roads] will be.”

Hudson will begin major snow removal from the streets beginning at 11 p.m., Mayor Rick Rector said Tuesday.

“Additionally, the National Guard will be in town today to assist with the shoveling of fire hydrants,” Rector said. “The removal of snow will continue through the week and a busy week it will be with the annual Winter Walk this Saturday. DPW will commence the placement of “No Parking” signage this afternoon around the city. Please pay close attention to these signs as there should be no parking in these designated areas after 11 p.m. tonight.”

To avoid penalties, including fines and towing, the mayor asked residents to adhere to the sign information when parking their vehicles.

More updates on snow removal will be posted to the city’s website: Residents can also find basic snow removal regulations there.

Check back for more on this developing story.