Second Storm in 4 Days Nails Region
The final snows of 2012 have caused both beauty and chaos around Putnam County.
Heavy snow began falling around 11:30 a.m. Saturday and by mid-afternoon roads were covered with a slippery coating of snow resulting in numerous crashes.
State Police were forced to shut down the Taconic State Parkway from Route 6 in Jefferson Valley to the Route 84 interchange in East Fishkill due to numerous accidents.
Police said sections of the TSP in Putnam Valley and Mahopac were especially treacherous.
One man was injured when his car slid off Route 6 in Carmel at Meadowlark Drive necessitating assistance from Carmel FD personnel and the Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The victim was taken to Putnam Hospital Center.
Here's the latest Carmel forecast.
While driving was a chore, residents out for a relaxing outdoor adventure found one. On Lakeshore Drive, Justin Carroll took his four year old daughter Lucy out for a sleigh ride along the shores of Lake Carmel.
Groups of snow lovers frolicked in the snow along the banks of Peach Lake in Southeast while Tommy Underwood
of Mahopac enjoyed taking his dog for a walk in Kent.
A young girl and her dad bonded while cleaning snow from the family’s driveway in Carmel—dad using a snow blower and daughter a shovel received for Christmas.
Earlier story, from Thursday:
Wednesday night’s snow and sleet that caused chaos on area roads turned to rain this morning resulting in a sloppy mess for area commuters.
As much as four inches of snow fell on sections of Carmel and Mahopac Wednesday evening before the precipitation turned to freezing rain that resulted in hundreds of vehicle mishaps on state, county, town and village roads. (see current forecast here)
Matters got so bad that State Police were forced to shut down I-84 from the Route 684 interchange in Southeast to the Taconic State Parkway in East Fishkill—a 14 mile stretch as well as the Taconic State Parkway from Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam Valley to the I-84 interchange in Dutchess County.
State Police Troop K Major Michael Kopy said traffic had come to a standstill on both major highways due to the extremely slippery conditions and vehicles sliding off the roads.
While the Putnam 9-1-1 Center was deluged with calls for assistance resulting from crashes, only four of the mishaps involved personal injury—two in Southeast, one in Mahopac and one in Putnam Valley.
Members of the Brewster, Patterson, Putnam Valley and East Fishkill Fire Departments were pressed into action with fire police officers assigned to each department setting up cones and flares preventing traffic from entering the highways at various entrance ramps.
Trips home from work for many local residents became excursions.
Norma Greene of Carmel got as far as Mt. Kisco from her place of employment in Tarrytown: “I started out alright but road conditions soon deteriorated and when I-684 became a parking lot I decided to get off and spend the night with family instead of risking my life trying to get back home.”
Barry Masters of Kent also had a hair raising trip home. He left work in White Plains at 4 p.m. and by 5:30 had reached the Katonah exit on I-684. He exited the highway and took secondary roads arriving home at 9 o’clock. “I needed a stiff drink after that journey,” he said.