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Storm named Athena heading this way; region may see two to four inches of snow

By Fritz Mayer
November 7, 2012

RIVER VALLEY — National media outlets have named it Athena. It is the nor’easter storm that’s heading up the coast causing evacuations in New York City and New Jersey. The Weather Channel gave the storm a name because it will blow through the same area that was clobbered by Hurricane Sandy, and other national media outlets followed suit.

Normally the storm would not be powerful enough to prompt evacuation, but because many residents are still suffering the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, officials are warning some of those without power and in areas that were particularly hard hit to head for higher, dryer ground.

NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued evacuation orders for four health care facilities, including three nursing homes in the Rockaways.

For the Upper Delaware Valley, some of the area to the south and east of Monticello may see up to four inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), while those north and west of the village may see one to two inches.

The NWS Facebook page at 1:00 p.m. said, “In Pike and Sullivan less than a 50% chance of more than four inches of snow.”

The forecast for Narrowsburg calls for daytime snow of less than half an inch Wednesday. There will be snow before 3:00 a.m. on November 8 of one to two inches with blustery winds, with gusts up to 34 mph.

In the daytime Thursday, there is a chance of snow before 11 a.m., then scattered sprinkles and flurries between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible, with a high near 42 degrees.

Most schools in the region have already dismissed early, and cancelled after school activities.