2013-12-05 / Front Page

Day II: Cancellations again as storm bears down

Morning commute also hit
Eric Gross

Tuesday AM UPDATE: With another blast from Mother Nature forecast for today, all public schools and many private and parochial schools in the region have canceled class for the second day in succession.

There will be NO SCHOOL in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley, Garrison, Haldane, North Salem, Pawling and Lakeland as well as the John F. Kennedy High School today.

In addition, St. Lawrence School in Brewster will be closed; St. James School in Carmel; the Kiwi School, Hampton School, Hudson Valley Christian Academy, Holy Communion School and Pine Grove School—all in Mahopac are also shuttered for the day in addition to St. Luke’s School in Putnam Valley.

Putnam Ridge Adult Day Health Care in Southeast will not operate today nor will the Putnam Office for the Aging Senior Centers.

The winter white comes as highway and emergency crews reel from Monday’s ice storm which coated the county with a slippery coating resulting in numerous crashes and dozens of incidents of people falling on sidewalks, pavements and stoops.

The Putnam 911 Center reported handling more than 150 calls for assistance on Monday.

UPDATED Monday 9:30 am: Icy conditions continue to worsen resulting in additional school cancellations.

In addition to the closing of the Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and North Salem School Districts, Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES has cancelled all activities for today as well as the Pawling School District, John F. Kennedy High School, Lakeland School District, St. James School in Carmel, St. Lawrence School in Brewster, Green Chimneys School in Putnam Lake, Hampton School, Holy Communion School, Hudson Valley Christian Academy and Putnam Head Start program—all in Mahopac. The Putnam Office for the Aging Senior Centers are all closed today while area libraries are all opening late due to the icy conditions.

EMS crews continue to be run ragged with some two dozen emergency calls reported since early this morning for vehicle crashes and people falling on icy sidewalks.

While some sections of Putnam resemble the Ice Age this morning, to the south things are not much better. Westchester Police are reporting a 30 car pile up on the Bronx River Parkway in Yonkers with 24 injuries. Other multi-car crashes have been reported this morning on the Taconic State Parkway in Putnam Valley, I-684 in North Salem and on Route 6 in Jefferson Valley.


EARLIER UPDATE: Icy conditions have worsened in the past hour necessitating the closing of the Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and North Salem School Districts. All five districts had originally announced a two hour delay.

Police are urging extreme caution when venturing out of doors this morning since sidewalks, stoops, driveways and paths are extremely slippery.

EMS has responded to eight calls for persons falling on ice since 5:55 a.m. in Brewster, Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Lake, Mahopac Falls, North Highlands, Continental Village and Putnam Valley.

Several vehicle crashes have also been reported this morning due to the extremely icy conditions.


EARLIER STORY, as of 6:30 a.m.: A combination of ice and snow have slickened area roads resulting in the first school delays of the season this morning.

Schools in Brewster, Carmel, Garrison, Mahopac, Lakeland, North Salem, Pawling and Putnam Valley are all on a two hour delay.

In addition many parochial, private and pre-schools are also opening late including: St. James School in Carmel, Hampton School in Mahopac, Hudson Valley Christian Academy in Mahopac, Kiwi School in Mahopac, Pine Grove School in Mahopac, St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Brewster and Putnam ARC.

Police are reporting slippery conditions on roads throughout the region with numerous early morning skidding crashes reported including a single car mishap on Cherry Hill Road in Mahopac at 4:45 a.m. that knocked out electric service to residents of the affected area.

At 5:55 a.m. a woman was injured at the Brewster Village Metro North Railroad Station when she slipped and fell on the platform necessitating EMS response from the Brewster FD.

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