Officials Urge Residents To Stay Safe During Winter Storm

By: Zachary Meseck

Officials urge residents to stay safe during  winter storm The first major snow storm of the year hits Chenango County with an estimated 12 inches of snow to accumulate by Monday night. Residents are urged to take extra precautions when attempting to travel. (Photo by Catherine Sasso)

CHENANGO COUNTY - Representatives of the Chenango County Emergency Operations Center and City of Norwich Fire Department are urging area residents to take extra precautions when attempting to travel throughout the county as the area is on track to receive over a foot of snow by Monday night.

At the time of print, the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office reported that all roads throughout the county are still open. Meanwhile, all school districts throughout the county are closed.

According to Chenango County Emergency Operations Center Manager A Wesley Jones, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Chenango County through midnight tonight with a widespread 8 to 12 inches estimated in precipitation. Jones said other areas of the county may see more snow.

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“This is the first significant snow storm of the year,” said Jones. “The main part of the storm, with significant accumulation, began during the overnight hours and will continue through the day Monday.”

“Snow today will be heavy at times, and travel conditions will become especially dangerous.”

City of Norwich Fire Department Chief Jan Papelino said anyone who can stay off of the roads should, and those who do have to travel should drive slowly and carefully to their destinations.

Papelino said the key to staying safe in harsh weather is to drive safely and make sure your vehicle is prepared for the snow.

"Make sure your windshields and mirrors are completely clear of snow and slow down," said Papelino.

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