UPDATE [Friday, 6:44 p.m.]
If you ride Westchester County's Bee-Line public bus system to or from Port Chester, take note that the county is sending out its last run of buses at 7 p.m., with the system expected to shut down for the night at 9 p.m. because of today's snow storm.
The Bee-Line system is expected to have normal service on Saturday, although delays should be anticipated because of road conditions.
Police and public officials throughout the Westchester area are urging residents to stay off the roads. If you don't have to travel, stay home. Although major highways are clear, police anticipate that area parkways will become especially hazardous.
With a big snow storm looming, Port Chester's school district has cancelled classes and after-school programs for Friday for all its schools.
The King Street School's Talent Show, set for tonight at Port Chester Middle School, has been postponed to next Friday.
At the Carver Center in Port Chester, all teen and after school programs have been cancelled for Friday due to the predicted snowstorm. Programs will resume on Monday, Feb. 11.
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Snow Gallery: Post your photos and videos from the storm
Updates on what's happening on the train lines.
King Street School's Talent Show postponed.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced that in anticipation of a major winter storm set to hit most parts of New York State Friday and Saturday, the State Emergency Operations Center will be activated at noon Friday to monitor the storm and coordinate response efforts.
“As a major winter storm approaches New York State, I have activated the Emergency Operations Center effective noon tomorrow to coordinate response efforts using all state and local resources," Cuomo said. "I urge New Yorkers to closely watch local news reports for weather updates and adjust their travel plans accordingly, including avoiding non-essential travel during and directly after the storm since roads will be icy with blizzard conditions in some places.”
Beginning Friday morning and lasting through Saturday afternoon, significant snow and wind are forecasted to affect the metro-New York City and Long Island areas, as well the Hudson Valley. New Yorkers could see potentially significant and prolonged transportation disruptions, power outages and other impacts.
Here's what the National Weather Service says for the Port Chester area:
- Friday Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 36. Breezy, with a northeast wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
- Friday Night Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 23. Blustery, with a northeast wind around 25 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches possible.
- Saturday Snow likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Blustery, with a northwest wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
- Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 11. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
- Sunday Sunny, with a high near 35.
In preparation for the impending snowstorm, the New York State Police are advising motorists in the Hudson Valley region to refrain from all unnecessary travel on Friday.
Historically, snow storms of this predicted magnitude have resulted in road closures and motorists becoming stranded on the highways, police said. It is anticipated that travel conditions will deteriorate rapidly beginning in the late morning and continuing into the evening hours.
Sporadic closures of sections of I-84, the Taconic State Parkway and I-684 throughout the day are anticipated, police said. All vehicular traffic, particularly commercial motor vehicles, are advised by state troopers to avoid these roadways. All vehicles abandoned on these major roadways will be subject to immediate impoundment, police said.
If you lose power, report it directly to Con Ed. The phone numbers and Web site links are:
- ConEd power outage or gas and electrical service problems: (800) 752-6633 or (800-75-CONED)
- NYSEG electricity power outage: (800) 572-1131
- NYSEG natural gas power outage : (800) 572-1121
Find other information, phone numbers and helpful links on dealing with severe weather on Keeping Safe.
County Government Cancellations:
- The Hudson River Eaglefest scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, is re-scheduled to Sunday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson.
- All classes at the Fire Training Center at the Department of Emergency Services in Valhalla are canceled for Saturday, Feb. 9.
- Civil service exams scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 at White Plains High School have been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16 at the same time and location as listed on current admission notices. Report on that date to take these examinations and bring the current admission notice with you.