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Alternate Side Parking, Garbage Collection Suspensions & School Closings In Westchester

Westchester officials are warning that 1 to 3 inches of snow may fall every hour until the storm subsides, with high wind gusts. Officials are urging everyone to stay home and off the roads. See below for warnings, alternate side of street parking, parking restrictions, garbage collections suspensions and school closings.

MT VERNON – state of emergency

A State of Emergency is hereby declared in Mount Vernon, New York effective at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2020  The State of Emergency has been declared due to Winter Storm Gail. With heavy snow accumulations of anywhere between 12 and 18 inches and wind gust of up to 45 mph. The brunt of the storm is expected late Wednesday night into Thursday morning and could impose difficult and hazardous traffic conditions. The situation threatens the public safety and health of residents within Mount Vernon.  This State of Emergency will remain in effect until the end of day Friday, December 18, 2020. 

  • Alternate Side Parking and Garbage Collection are suspended (December 17)
  • Residents are advised to stay home and avoid all travel. Hazardous conditions could impact morning and evening commutes and may be impossible to navigate.
  • Alternate Side Parking is in effect for Wednesday, December 16th but will be suspended for Thursday, December 17th.
  • Cars must not be parked on Snow Emergency Routes; they will be ticketed and towed.
  • Con Edison has added 225 full-time workers to respond to system impacts.
  • Recreation, Fire and Police Department is on standby for any issues that may arise.
  • DPW has a 24/7 hotline for those who are facing any issues. Call 914-665-2719.
  • For non-emergencies please contact the Police Department at 914-665-2500.

NEW ROCHELLE – Storm Advisory

Roads will be extremely unsafe, so avoid unnecessary travel.

Garbage collected is cancelled for both Thursday in the north end and Friday in the south end.

If you lose power, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or www.coned.com.  Report downed trees and power lines to the New Rochelle Police at 654-2300. 

Before the storm, if possible, please park cars off-street to make room for plows.  As an option, parking will be free at New Roc City and at the New Rochelle Transit Center, Wednesday through Sunday night.

After the storm, please clear sidewalks and fire hydrants adjacent to your property.  And, when digging out cars, please do not throw snow back into the street.

DPW will be working continuously through Wednesday night and Thursday – and, quite possibly, Friday and Saturday as well, but many streets may not be completely cleared for an extended period.  Please plan accordingly.

For additional information, visit newrochelleny.com/stormupdates.

YONKERS

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced the activation of the City’s Emergency Operations Center, staffed with all essential personnel, in preparation for today and tomorrow’s forecasted winter storm.

“As the fourth largest city in New York State and one of the hilliest in the country, Yonkers is well prepared to handle the anticipated effects of this snowstorm,” said Mayor Spano. “Our full complement of plows and personnel are prepped and ready to tackle the city’s 703 lane miles of road. As always, we ask residents to be safe and, if possible, stay home during the storm.”

All necessary precautions are being taken by the City to assure the safety of residents due to the anticipated snowfall. Vehicles are prohibited from parking on the 20 designated snow emergency routes (routes can be found at www.yonkersny.gov). Throughout the storm, City of Yonkers crews will deploy city employees working 16-hour shifts to operate 40 large plows and salters and 16 small plows and salters.

Parking Restrictions 

·         Alternate side parking rules and parking meters are suspended Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17 (residents are strongly encouraged to park their vehicle(s) in their driveway or garage, where possible)

·         As always, residents should not park on designated snow emergency routes

Recycling and Garbage Collection

·         Garbage collection will be suspended Thursday, December 17

·         The Recycling Center and Organic Yard is closed starting at 12PM on Wednesday, December 16 and all day Thursday, December 17

All programs for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and the Office of the Aging for Wednesday, December 16 and Thursday, December 17 have been cancelled. Yonkers Public Library branches closed for the remainder of day, December 16.

In the effort to protect the safety of residents, Mayor Spano reminds them of the following safety tips:

·         Residents, business owners, property owners and renters should not shovel snow into the street so fire, police and ambulance crews can safely access emergency routes

·         Residents, business owners, property owners and renters are reminded to clear their sidewalks and ensure that fire hydrants are clear and clean of snow and ice within six hours after every snowfall, which ends in the daytime, and before 12:00 pm of the day after any snowfall, which occurs during the night.

·         The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all; otherwise don’t go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

In preparation for inclement weather and more information on the city’s snow and ice control measures, visitwww.yonkersny.gov/snow. Residents also are encouraged to call the Mayor’s 24-hour Hotline at 377-HELP (4357) and visit the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofyonkers  and Twitter at @cityofyonkers for updates on cancellations throughout this and every weather event. All emergencies should be directed to 9-1-1.

GREENBURGH – snow emergency

Garbage pickup cancelled for Thursday – parking prohibited on town streets

A Snow Emergency has been declared for the NEXT 2 DAYS. All snow parking regulations are in effect and will be strictly enforced. Parking is restricted during overnight hours of this evening, Wednesday, December 16th through Friday, December 18th. Parking will be prohibited at all metered parking spaces on East Hartsdale Avenue and Columbia Avenue between the overnight hours of 1:00am and 6:00am. Residents are reminded that limited parking will be available at the Webb Field parking lot on North Central Avenue.

Vehicles found parked in violation of the Snow Emergency ordinance are subject to a fine of up to $500 and vehicles may be removed from the roadway

All residents that have been issued Hardship Overnight Parking Exemptions are also prohibited from parking their vehicle(s) on any town road during the declared Snow Emergency. Hardship Overnight Parking Exemption holders that fail to remove their vehicle(s) from the public roadway are subject to all fines and removals related to Snow Emergency ordinance violations, as well as revocation of said Exemption..

This declaration does not affect any other existing town snow ordinance provision.

WHITE PLAINS – storm warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area for today through Thursday morning, December 17th.

 The City’s Department of Public Works crews will be working through the storm to clear roads as quickly and completely as possible. In order to enable them to do their job it is vital that vehicles not be left parked on the street.

 As a courtesy, the City of White Plains is offering free parking to White Plains residents for vehicles registered to addresses within the City of White Plains in the Lexington-Grove East & West parking garages (also known as the Galleria), Hamilton-Main Garage, and Lyon Place Garage starting at 4:00 PM today, Wednesday, December 16th through Noon on Thursday, December 17th. All other garages, lots and on street parking will remain subject to normal enforcement. There will be strict enforcement of the City’s ban on overnight on-street parking as vehicles left on the street impair our ability to clear snow and can create hazardous conditions.

 Con Ed customers can report a power outage or service problems and view service restoration information online at www.coned.com or by calling 1-800-75-coned.

If you do not see the municipality you live in or for updates please check the city, town or village website!!!


SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Due to the snowstorm impacting the Hudson Valley Wednesday evening into Thursday, some schools around the region have altered their schedules for Thursday, Dec. 17.

The new coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrinkle into how schools will or will not be conducting classes because of remote learning.

Here are the latest schools to announce closings or change of learning for Thursday, Dec. 17 as of 9 p.m. Wednesday. This list will be updated through the evening.

  • Ardsley: Closed
  • Arlington: Closed
  • Bedford: Closed
  • Blind Brook-Rye: Closed
  • Brewster: Closed
  • Byram Hills: Asynchronous snow day, remote operation
  • Carmel: Closed
  • Cornwall: Closed
  • Croton Harmon: Closed
  • Dobbs Ferry: Closed
  • Dutchess BOCES: Closed
  • East Ramapo: Closed
  • Edgemont: Closed
  • Florida: Closed
  • Garrison: Closed
  • Greenburgh Central No. 7: Closed
  • Greenburgh North Castle: Closed
  • Greenwood Lake: Closed
  • Harrison: Closed
  • Hawthorne Cedar Knolls: Closed
  • Hayes Day School: Closed
  • Hendrick-Hudson: Closed
  • Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery: Closed
  • Irvington: Closed
  • John F Kennedy Catholic High School: Closed
  • John S. Burke Catholic High School: Closed
  • Katonah-Lewisboro: Closed
  • Kingston: Closed
  • Lakeland: Closed
  • Mahopac: Closed
  • Mamaroneck: Closed
  • Minisink Valley: Closed
  • Monroe-Woodbury: Closed
  • Mount Vernon: Remote asynchronous learning
  • Newburgh: Closed
  • New Rochelle: Virtual, asynchronous learning
  • New Paltz: Closed
  • North Salem: Closed
  • Orange-Ulster BOCES: Closed
  • Ossining: Closed
  • Pawling: Closed
  • Pine Bush: Closed
  • Pine Plains: Closed
  • Pleasantville: Closed
  • Pocantico Hills: Closed
  • Port Chester: Remote learning
  • Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES: Closed
  • Red Hook: Closed
  • Rhinebeck: Closed
  • Rockland BOCES: Closed
  • Rondout Valley: Closed
  • Rye: Closed
  • Rye Neck: Closed
  • Saugerties: Closed
  • Scarsdale: Closed
  • Somers: Closed
  • Southern Westchester BOCES: Closed
  • South Orangetown: Closed
  • Tarrytown: Closed
  • Tuckahoe: Closed
  • Tuxedo: Closed
  • Valley Central: Closed
  • Wallkill: Closed
  • Wappingers: Closed
  • Warwick Valley: Closed
  • Washingtonville: Closed
  • Westchester Community College: Closed
  • Westchester School for Special Children: Remote operation
  • White Plains: Closed
  • Yonkers: Closed
  • Yorktown: Closed

Source: WHUD and school district websites.

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