The National Weather Service upgraded a storm watch into a storm warning Tuesday, prompting the municipalities and some school districts to implement snow day rules and options.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state agencies to prepare equipment and personnel for a winter storm expected to impact a wide portion of the state overnight Tuesday through Wednesday. In a media release, Cuomo reminded citizens to prepare for the storm and avoid unnecessary travel.
The National Weather Service in Binghamton issued a winter storm warning from 10 p.m. Tuesday until 7 p.m. today and forecast heavy snowfall for Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties with accumulations of 8 to 12 inches.
In the Capital Region, including Schoharie County, accumulations of 8 to 12 inches were in the weather outlook, the governor’s release said.
Area sheriff’s office dispatchers said Tuesday night some schools already announced closures for today.
The city of Oneonta reminded residents and visitors Tuesday about removing vehicles from on-street parking spaces during a snow emergency. To facilitate off-street parking, the city suspended parking restrictions and fees in the downtown parking garage and the city parking lots off of Dietz and Wall streets and the Westcott Lot until 5 p.m. today.
Oneonta Public Transit made service changes because of the approaching storm, city officials said. The changes included suspension of SUNY Oneonta buses after midnight Tuesday, suspension of early morning bus service until 7 a.m. today, and the first Cooperstown route was set for 7 a.m., depending on the weather.
In Cooperstown, the Otsego County Board of Representatives postponed its meeting this morning to 10 a.m. Friday.
Public schools in Milford, Delhi and Oneonta will be closed today because of the weather. The weather forecast prompted the Oneonta district to cancel school, adult education and BOCES programs, a website notice said.
The city of Oneonta also issued a media release highlighting rules in effect for winter months, including:
• Vehicles must not be left parked on any city street during a snowstorm or after a snowfall of 2½ inches or more. Residents must wait until the Department of Public Service has cleared the streets of snow before parking on the streets.
• Vehicles left on the street after a 2½-inch snowfall may be towed and/or ticketed, and the cost of towing, plus any storage fees, will be charged to the vehicle owner.
• Residential and commercial building owners must remove snow and ice from the full width of their sidewalks before 9 a.m., even after a light snowfall.
• If the ice cannot be removed without sidewalk damage, it must then be covered with sand or some other gritty material, not salt.
• Shoveling or plowing snow into the streets is prohibited, and snow should not be put on neighboring property without permission from the owner.
• Sidewalks not cleared by owners will be cleared by contractors hired by the city. The city’s cost plus 50 percent will be billed to the property owner.