2013-12-12 / Front Page

School delays in place Wednesday

Black ice a concern
Eric Gross

Black ice is again causing concern throughout the region this morning resulting in a number of schools delaying their opening.

Two hour delays are reported in the Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley, Lakeland and Pawling Districts today.

The following private and parochial schools are also opening two hours late: St. James School in Carmel, Hampton School in Mahopac, Pine Grove Country Day School in Mahopac, Mizzentop Day School in Pawling and the Holy Communion Parish Day School in Mahopac.

Putnam Area Rapid Transit (PART) Pre-School Transportation is also operating on a two hour delay.

Earlier story, Tuesday AM:

With Mother Nature forecast to blast the region with her third round of stormy weather in the past week, area schools have decided to cancel classes again.

There will be NO SCHOOL in the Brewster, Garrison, Haldane, Lakeland, Mahopac, North Salem, Pawling and Putnam Valley School Districts today.

The Carmel School District will be operating on an early dismissal with students at CHS leaving at 10:15 a.m.; George Fischer Middle School at 11 a.m. and the district’s three elementary schools—Kent Primary, Matthew Paterson and Kent Elementary dismissing at 11:45 a.m.

Other school cancellations include: John F. Kennedy High School in Somers; St. Lawrence O’Toole School in Brewster; Green Chimneys School; Hampton School in Mahopac, Hudson Valley Christian Academy in Mahopac Falls, Mizzentop Day School in Pawling; Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES and Putnam Head Start.  St. James School in Carmel is on an early dismissal.

Putnam Office for the Aging has cancelled its nutrition site program and adult day care for the day while the Putnam ARC is operating on a two hour delay and the Putnam Valley Justice Court has canceled its morning calendar.

 Earlier story, Sunday AM: Snow amounts ranging from 6-9 inches fell on Putnam County Saturday and early today before the precipitation turned to sleet and freezing rain coating surfaces with a slippery covering.

Police reported an “exceptionally quiet” Saturday evening with traffic at a minimum on area roads.

There were a number of skidding crashes caused by the icy conditions.

One serious mishap was reported when a young boy was struck by a skidding car in Mahopac. The child was taken by ambulance to the Westchester Medical Center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries.

Due to the slippery road conditions, a number of activities cancelled events for today including: Services at the Church of the Holy Communion in Mahopac, Grace Assembly of God services in Brewster; Lakeview Community Church services cancelled in Carmel; Red Mills Baptist Church activities postponed in Mahopac Falls and the Putnam-Westchester Youth Symphony performance planned for today in Baldwin Place has been cancelled.


EARLIER UPDATE: Snow began falling across Putnam County early this morning and while accumulations remain on the light side, roads are extremely slippery due to cold temperatures.

Forecasters are predicting up to 10 inches of snow in higher elevations by tonight before the snow turns to freezing rain as the mercury rises.

State, county and local police have reported a number of skidding accidents this morning—one with personal injury.

“Unless you have an emergency, no one should be out on the roads today,” said a veteran trooper from the Brewster barracks.

Patterson FD personnel were summoned to Pawling to assist at a structure fire off Route 22. The Carmel Fire Department and Carmel Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to a report of a cardiac arrest off Stoneleigh Avenue resulting from a man shoveling snow.

Due to the inclement weather most activities have been cancelled for the day.

Closings include: Mahopac School District, Seven Stars School of Dance in Brewster, Wings Over Water School in Brewster, Putnam Ridge Adult Day Care, Brewster Library, Desmond Fish Library in Garrison, Graymoor Spiritual Center in Garrison, Kent Library, Patterson Library, Philipstown Recreation, Putnam Family and Community Services, Putnam Valley Food Pantry, Reed Library in Carmel, St. Lawrence School in Brewster, Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Philipstown.

Earlier story, 8:45 a.m.:

A winter storm is bringing snow, ice and gusty winds to the area.


Winds will be from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph, with gusts to 35 mph, the Weather Service said. The full storm warning is here, and the general forecast here.

The snow is to pick up in intensity throughout the afternoon, with freezing rain turning to ice this evening, which will also likely be the most difficult traveling. Snow could total 5” to 10” through Saturday night. Sunday morning could see more freezing rain.

The storm warning continues through 6 am Sunday.

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