December 7, 2011 —
Sullivan County Manager David Fanslau has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7:00 PM Wednesday evening through 7:00 AM Thursday morning:
Fanslau said, “The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for heavy wet snow that will come into Sullivan County tonight. Snow will begin to move into the region Wednesday night generally between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM, and some slushy accumulations could occur at higher elevations as early as 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM, but no accumulations are expected in the Valleys until at least 10:00 PM. The heaviest snow should occur between 9:00 PM Wednesday evening and 3:00 AM Thursday morning, where snowfall rates of around an inch per hour are possible. The total accumulation is projected to be between three inches and five inches of snow, with more possible in higher elevations.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet, or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. The traveling public should be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. Roadways will become slick as snow accumulates tonight and Thursday. Treacherous travel conditions are expected. Elevated sections of State Route 17 are likely to be snow covered and slippery.
County residents are also urged to have enough flashlights and extra batteries, canned goods and bottled water for 48 hours, in case of power outage or emergency. Residents are encouraged to make arrangements to check on elderly neighbors, and arrange for pets to be housed either inside, or with proper shelter.
During the storm all County residents are urged to remain indoors and off roadways whenever possible. If residents must drive, they are advised to exercise extreme caution when driving through this storm.
Sullivan County officials are taking appropriate action, to ensure all precautionary measures are being taken, and implementing contingency plans to respond to the demands of the storm. County officials will remain in contact with the towns, village and volunteer first-responders throughout the storm, as they monitor the situations in their own communities.
Residents and visitors are urged to visit the County website, www.co.sullivan.ny.us , for current news and information. Also, please keep checking the NWS Binghamton website for updates as well as local news outlets for local closings. The County government will open for normal business hours on Thursday, weather permitting.”