2012-02-23 / Front Page

Messy conditions on roads

I-84 was closed: Reopened at 10 a.m.
Eric Gross

Old Man Winter is not finished in Putnam County just yet.

Accustomed to a relatively snowless winter and unseasonably mild conditions, residents awakened to a three-four inch blanket of snow Friday that snarled traffic along the interstate highway system.

State Police closed I-84 from Exit 18 in Lake Carmel to the Taconic State Parkway in Stormville due to extremely hazardous conditions. Five tractor trailer rigs jackknifed along the seven mile stretch of highway blocking all lanes. The Interstate was reopened at around 10 a.m.

The Putnam 911 Dispatch Center reported a dozen property damage skidding crashes from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Since schools were closed for the President's Week vacation, morning commuter traffic was lighter than normal.

Kent Police reported issuing several summonses for motorists who apparently forgot that overnight No Parking regulations remain in effect until April and left their vehicles on town roads impeding snow removal by Town of Kent highway crews.

Traffic issues should ease as temps rise this morning. Here's the latest weather service forecast for Carmel.

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