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December 28, 2012

Police: Snowstorm-related fatality reported

There was one fatality reported from the snowstorm that arrived in the area Wednesday. State police in Sidney said a woman died in a snow-related motor vehicle accident early Thursday morning. No information had been released by Thursday evening, including the name of the deceased. Otherwise, only minor accidents were reported by Otsego, Delaware and Chenango emergency service dispatchers Thursday afternoon, after the storm had left the area.

The storm dropped about 7-10 inches of snow in Otsego County and 5-8 inches in Delaware County, National Weather Service in Binghamton meteorologist Chris Gitro said. In each case, the northern sections of the counties received the larger amounts. In Oneonta eight inches if snow fell, Sidney received five inches and Hobart had a total of 7 ½ inches. The storm performed as expected, Gitro said. “We are very happy with our forecast.”

Oneonta Police Lt. Douglas Brenner said the city’s department of public works was able to clean the streets without his department having to tow anyone. He had not seen any reports of accidents Thursday from the storm.

At Munson’s Building Supply in Oneonta, owner Steve Munson said that while winter items extremely well, he does not enjoy the weather.

“In our line of work it’s never good for business,” he said. The increases related to snow don’t offset the drop in building supply sales. But purchases of such items as shovels and rock salt started about two days before the snow hit. It seemed like people were paying attention to the forecast, he said

In Sidney, Mayor Andrew Matviak said “we haven’t seen any problem from the snow.” The first major storm of the season usually provides a challenge, but “things seem to be going smoothly.”

With the storm on its way, the United States Postal Service issued a media release reminding people of a winter-time concern.

“Keep walkways, sidewalks and approaches to mailboxes clear from snow and ice so letter carriers can provide safe and timely mail delivery.

Postal employees make every reasonable effort to deliver mail in many difficult weather conditions. However, delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.”

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