Our first significant winter storm of the year is expected to impact Claverack Sunday and Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire area through Monday evening.
Snow is expected to begin late morning/mid-day on Sunday. We'll likely see snow taper off for a time Sunday night, then pick back up again on Monday.
Travel will be difficult Sunday evening, and during the Monday morning commute. Please plan your travel accordingly.
CLAVERACK WEATHER UPDATE -- BLIZZARD WARNING ISSUED FOR COLUMBIA COUNTY
The National Weather Service in Albany has issued a BLIZZARD WARNING for Columbia County, effective through Tuesday night.
Snow is expected to begin early Tuesday morning, tapering off to snow showers during the day on Wednesday. We are expecting 18” to 24” of snow here in Claverack.
Very gusty winds will result in white-out conditions.
The worst conditions are expected noon to 7:00 pm on Tuesday. During this time, travel is discouraged. It is recommended that you make arrangements to be home, or at the very least off the roads, during this time.
Our Town Highway Department is as prepared as possible and will be out doing their best to keep roads open.
Winds may cause scattered power outages. Any outage that occurs may be for an extended period, as crews may not be able to access affected areas. Please plan ahead and be prepared.
Should a power outage occur, contact your power company direct (National Grid: 800-867-5222, NYSEG: 800-572-1131). Do not dial 911 to report power outages, unless you have an emergency.
We will monitor conditions tomorrow and issue additional updates as needed.
The Claverack Town Board Meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to the snowstorm. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.
The snow is beginning to move out of the area, but roads remain snow covered and slick. It will dip down to the single digits tonight and with wind chills below zero. Gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting snow. Please stay safe and consider checking on elderly neighbors, friends, and family.
Additional updates will be posted to my Facebook page as needed.
A dangerous nor'easter is forecast to hit Columbia County Monday night through the day on Tuesday. This storm is expected to bring very heavy snowfall and blustery winds. Wind gusts up to 30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions. Please, make arrangements now to stay off the roads on Tuesday.
Here is the latest update from Columbia County 911:
**STORM UPDATE** WINTER STORM WARNING issued for Columbia County, effective 1:00 PM tomorrow through 1:00 AM Wednesday (Jan 28)... this upgrades the previously issued "Watch”... accumulations are now being forecast in feet, with 1 to 2 feet expected across all of Columbia County... worst conditions are expected Monday night through the day on Tuesday when we could see snowfall rates of 2”-3” per hours and wind gust of 30 mph. As is often the case, a slight shift in the track of this storm could make a big difference on conditions here.... so please pay attention to updates and forecasts.
----STORM SUMMARY AS OF 5:00 PM SUNDAY----
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 24 INCHES (12" RANGE NORTHWESTERN COLUMBIA COUNTY, 24" RANGE IN SOUTHEASTERN COLUMBIA COUNTY - SEE ACCUMULATION FORECAST GRAPHIC)
* MAXIMUM SNOWFALL RATES...2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR.
* TIMING...SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE REGION FROM SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST MONDAY AFTERNOON AND WILL CONTINUE HEAVY AT TIMES MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY BEFORE GRADUALLY TAPERING OFF LATE TUESDAY NIGHT.
* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW COVERED ROADWAYS AND LOW VISIBILITY. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WILL ALSO BE LIKELY. SOME ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE.
* WINDS...NORTH 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE TEENS TO LOWER 20S.
*PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.
We're expecting some strong/severe storms this evening in the area. These storms are associated with a front that is crossing central New York right now. Multiple severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings have been issued in western/central NY. Columbia County is currently under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, in anticipation of the arrival of these storms somewhere between 9 pm - midnight. Please remain alert and pay attention to weather bulletins.
The Columbia County Health Department is looking for an individual who may have picked up a dead deer on County Route 16 in Hollowville on Friday morning. The deer had been acting strangely and may have had rabies or another serious disease. Anyone with information should call the Columbia County Health Department at 518-828-3358 or the Columbia County Sheriff's Office at 518-828-3344.
Several area fire departments - three from the town of Claverack - battled a large brush fire on Route 217 just east of Court Ln in Claverack today. The A.B. Shaw Fire Company was first to respond and quickly summoned help from Churchtown, Mellenville, and other surrounding departments as the wind pushed the fire out of control. A preliminary report indicated that approximately 10 acres burned. Firefighters were able to contain the fire and keep it away from nearby homes. Many thanks to all of the volunteers who dropped what they were doing to respond to this threat. We owe all of our volunteer fire departments a great debt. Please do what you can, whenever you can, to support them and their departments!
Photos by Lance Wheeler
The temperature is plummeting outdoors causing flash freeze conditions. Freezing rain is beginning to accumulate on trees and surfaces around town. This, coupled with very gusty winds overnight, may result in scattered power outages. The freezing rain is expected to change to snow late tonight. Conditions are already going down hill. If you don't have to be out on the roads, please stay at home.
We just received the latest National Weather Service briefing and it looks like we're in for a good bit of snow tomorrow into Friday. Here's the latest information:
- Snow should begin early tomorrow morning (around 5 am)
- Conditions will deteriorate as we move toward late morning and early afternoon
- The evening commute tomorrow will be slow and hazardous
- The heaviest snow will fall overnight into the pre-dawn hours of Friday
- Snow should not be wet enough to bring down tree limbs/power lines
- Total accumulations 10"-14" are expected.
If you don't have to be on the roads tomorrow, please don't be.
Per Village of Philmont officials, the Boil Water Advisory issued for the Village drinking water on Thursday has now been lifted.